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Link to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography website

Oxford English Dictionary

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Your library card may give you access to subscription history resources from leading publishers. See Reference Online for more details.

BBC History

The BBC’s history pages not only complement BBC programming, but also enable browsing by topic or time period, and include biographies of historical figures.

Best of History Web Sites

Links to 1000 plus reviewed and assessed history-related sites under the general headings Prehistory, Ancient and Biblical, Medieval, US History, Early Modern European, Twentieth Century, World War II, Art History, General Resources, and Maps.

biab online

The British and Irish archaeological bibliography provides information about articles and books on the archaeology of Britain and Ireland.

Britannia: British History

Very comprehensive coverage of British history from prehistoric times (5000 BC) to the present day, including narrative histories, original documents, articles and other texts, biographies, maps and other illustrations, timelines and suggested links.

British History Online

A digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

Channel4 History

As well as complementing programmes, Channel 4’s history site includes sections within distinct historical periods, time guides and biographies.


Site for both history students and those interested in history, covering world and US themes within areas headed Ancient, Middle Ages, Civil War (US), World War II, Vietnam War and Middle East.

History Today

Website of the print magazine, publishing articles and book reviews covering all types and periods of history. Includes an 'On this day' search. To view recent articles requires either subscription or pay-per-view; other articles require free registration.

History World

Very comprehensive searchable resource of 400+ histories containing features, timelines and specialist articles, accessible within subject themes and time periods. History World supports Key Stages 2 and 3 and GCSE curricula.

HyperHistory online

HyperHistory online is an interactive site presenting 2,000 files covering 3,000 years of history via lifelines, timelines and maps, and including biographies, analysis, and many relevant links.

Internet History Sourcebook Project

Very comprehensive resource providing historical texts within the main categories of Ancient, Medieval and Modern history, and the subsidiary categories of African, East Asian, Global, Indian, Jewish, Islamic, LGBT, Science and Women’s history.

On This Day....

From BBC news, background to stories and events that happened on this day in history.


Rulers lists all heads of state and heads of government of all countries, subdivisions of countries and territories going back to about 1700, as well as world and local religious leaders, recent foreign ministers, and leaders of selected international organisations.

Victorian Web

Extremely comprehensive and informative site featuring scholarly texts, although prepared for a wider-than-academic audience. Victorian Web covers a vast array of topics within sections including victorians, political history, social history, gender matters, philosophy, religion, science, technology, genre and technique, authors, visual arts, theatre and popular entertainment, and economic contexts. The site also contains online books about the nineteenth century and texts that date from that era. Despite its name, Victorian Web includes pre-nineteenth century British history pages.