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History - key resources

InfoDatabase title
Further informationAncestry Library Edition (ProQuest)
Provides access to family history via documents from North America, the U.K., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and more. Contains census information, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, and maps.
Further informationGale NewsVault (Gale Cengage)
Cross-search a range of Gale’s historical newspaper and periodical collections. University of Otago subscription includes: 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers; 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part 1 and Part 2; Times Digital Archive.
Further informationMobile appHistorical Abstracts (EBSCOhost)
Historical coverage of the world from the fifteenth century forward (excluding US & Canada). An important bibliography for the study of history and related social sciences and humanities. Includes indexing of articles from more than 2,600 journals.
Further informationMobile appJSTOR
Provides full-text access to back issues (delay in coverage generally 3-5 years) of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences. The Library's access includes all Arts & Sciences Collections, the Life Sciences Collection, Business IV, and the Ireland Collection.
Public accessMarsden Online Archive
Discovering Samuel Marsden's legacy. The Marsden Online Archive brings together the outstanding archival materials of Hocken Collections, excellent transcriptions by Gordon Parsonson, powerful search tools, and a range of contextualising information within a user-friendly interface. It will not only transform how researchers approach the history of cross-cultural contact in New Zealand, but will also allow teachers to immerse their students in a truly compelling and drama-filled set of sources that capture the richness and complexity of the past.
Further informationProject MUSE
Provides digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. A source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals with over 120 publishers currently participating.
Further informationWorld History in Context
A database of information on hundreds of significant people, events and topics in World History. Provides access to full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.


History - additional resources

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Further informationAcademic OneFile (Gale Cengage)
Provides indexing/abstracting for journals and reference sources with many articles available in full-text. Coverage includes the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes coverage of the New York Times back to 1985.
Further informationMobile appAcademic Video Online: VAST (Alexander Street Press)
Academic Video Online cross-searches a package of video collections in 21 disciplines. The VAST content is growing steadily and will include access to 20,000 videos.
Further informationMobile appAmerican History (Alexander Street Press)
A collection of videos available online for the study of American history. The collection includes commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.
Further informationArchive Explorer (Adam Matthew Digital)
Cross-search the Adam Matthew collections subscribed to by the University of Otago.
Public accessArchway (Archives New Zealand)
Over 1.5 million records. Please note that Archway does not yet provide on-line access to the text of the records themselves. It contains descriptive information of records, most of which can then be ordered from an Archives NZ office.
Further informationArts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science Core Collection)
A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It fully covers 1,160 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals. It also indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.
Further informationAsia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, Asia and the West features a range of primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. Topics covered include British and U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy; Asian political, economic, and social affairs; the Philippine Insurrection, the Opium Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, and missionary activities in Asia. Documents were sourced from The National Archives, Kew, The National Archives, United States, and other international collections.
Further informationAustralasian Literature: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands (Alexander Street Press)
Australasian Literature brings together creative works from throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Starting in the 1930s and spanning up to the present, these in-copyright fictional and poetry works will be cross-searchable for the first time. With 120,000 pages at completion, and enriched with interviews, Australasian Literature is a resource for researchers in the fields of Literature, Creative Writing, Post-Colonial Studies, Immigration Studies, Social Studies, Anthropology and more.
Public accessAustralian Newspapers: Historic Australian Newspapers 1803-1995
An online service that enables full-text searching of newspaper articles. The service includes newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s to 1995. The first Australian newspaper, published in Sydney in 1803, is included in the service.
Further informationBibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)
Provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present.
Public accessBirth, Death and Marriage Historical Records
New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages. The historic data is limited to protect people who might still be alive. Information available includes: Births that occurred at least 100 years ago; Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago; Marriages that occurred 80 years ago; Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.
Further informationBrill Online Books and Journals
Full text of 400 recent e-books in the humanities and social sciences in the following collections: Asian Studies; Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East and Early Christianity; Classical Studies; European History and Culture; Middle East and Islamic Studies; Religious Studies, Theology and Philosophy; Social Sciences. Also over 100 journals covering the Humanities, International Law and Biology and access to the Brill Journal Archive back to the earliest issues.
Public accessBritish Parliamentary Papers. Colonies : New Zealand
This collection contains digitised despatches and reports relating to New Zealand from selected volumes of the British Parliamentary Papers.
Further informationBritish Politics and Society (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, British Politics and Society includes tens of thousands of primary sources related to the political climate in Great Britain during the 19th century. Topics covered include British domestic and foreign policy, the working class, trade unions, Chartism, utopian socialism, public protest, radical movements, the cartographic record, political reform, education, family relationships, religion, and leisure. Consisting of more than 1.7 million pages, collections are from a variety of institutions, including the British Library, Oxford University and The National Archives, Kew.
Further informationBritish Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, this archive covers a range of primary sources related to the arts in the Victorian era, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. It includes such topics as Victorian popular culture, street literature, social history, music, bloods and penny dreadfuls, the history of the English stage, the Royal Literary Fund, and British dramatic works. Totalling approximately 1 million pages, it was sourced from the British Library and other institutions.
Further informationCambridge Histories Online
Full text online access to the complete volumes of Cambridge Histories reference series. Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.
Further informationChildren's Literature and Childhood (NCCO)
Provides a wide range of primary sources related to the experience of childhood in the nineteenth century. Included in the archive are children’s books and periodicals, primers and material related to education, child welfare pamphlets, documents and photos related to children and crime, youth newspapers and more.
Public accessChronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Further informationCurrent Contents Connect (Web of Science)
Multidisciplinary, current awareness database of articles as they are published. Provides access to the table of contents and bibliographic data from 8000+ leading scholarly research journals and book.
Further informationDictionary of Irish Biography
A reference work covering 9,000 lives of Irish men and women (deceased prior to 31 Dec. 2002) who made a significant contribution in Ireland and abroad, as well as those born overseas who had noteworthy careers in Ireland.
Further informationDigital National Security Archive
Declassified government documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. 38 collections, each focused on a single topic, consisting of over 94,000 indexed documents, with more than 650,000 total pages. Each collection covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century.
Further informationDiscovering Collection (Gale Cengage)
Reference content for the core curriculum areas of Literature, History, Biographies, Science, and Social Studies.
Public accessEarly English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership (EEBO TCP)
Standardized, accurate XML/SGML encoded electronic text editions of early print books. This resource has transcribed and marked up the text from ProQuest's Early English Books Online, Gale Cengage's Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and Readex's Evans Early American Imprints.
Further informationEarly English Books Online (EEBO)
Contains digital facsimiles of works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British North America, and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
Further informationEarly Experiences in Australasia: Primary Sources and Personal Narratives 1788-1901 (Alexander Street Press)
Through first-person accounts, including letters, diaries, narratives, and other primary source materials, this collection provides a view of events in Australasia from the arrival of the first settlers through to the close of the 19th century.
Public accessEarly New Zealand Books
Provides the keyword-searchable text of significant books published about New Zealand in the nineteenth century. Illustrations and maps in the books have also been digitised.
Further informationECCO: Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Full text of every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, plus important works from the Americas, published between 1701 and 1800.
Further informationEighteenth Century Journals Portal (Adam Matthew)
This portal brings together rare journals printed between c1685 and 1835, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life.
Further informationEmpire Online
This database is a collection of original documents relating to Empire Studies, sourced from libraries and archives around the world.
Further informationeTV
Provides real-time resources through recorded TV programmes, live streams and on demand videos. First-time users must register: select University of Otago, use University staff or student email address ( only, username/password will be sent to your email. Thereafter, login requires that username/password. Note: use Chrome for all eTV functionality.
Further informationEuropa World Plus
Economic, political, historical, and geographic profiles of 250+ countries and global regions. Europa World Plus brings the renowned The Europa World Year Book and the nine Europa Regional Surveys of the World to the Web as a dynamic online database.
Further informationEurope and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, this archive provides an in-depth look into the motivations, activities, and results of the European conquest of Africa in the nineteenth century. Monographs, manuscripts, and newspaper accounts covering key issues of economics, world politics, and international strategy.
Further informationEuropean Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, The Corvey Collection includes the full text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles from Castle Corvey in Germany. This is one of the most important collections of Romantic era writing - including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more. Topics covered include Romantic literary genres; mutual influences of British, French and German Romanticism; literary culture; women writers of the period; the canon and Romantic aesthetics.
Further informationEuropean Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750
A bibliographic database for European works that relate to the Americas. The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.
Public accessFamilySearch
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide.
Further informationGale Artemis: Primary Sources
Cross-search Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO).
Further informationGuardian and The Observer (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The complete digital archive of The Guardian, 1821 - 2003, and The Observer, 1791 - 2003.
Public accessHocken Collections Photographs Database
A national collection with a particular responsibility for collecting and preserving the photographic heritage of Otago.
Further informationHouse of Commons Parliamentary Papers
Full-text access to House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688.
Further informationMobile appHumanities International Complete (EBSCOhost)
Provides full-text of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. The database includes full-text for more than 1030 journals and all data from the Humanities International Index (more than 2,100 journals and 2.47 million records).
Further informationInformit Humanities & Social Sciences Collection
Covers agriculture, arts, Asian studies, business, cultural studies, education, history, indigenous studies, law, media, political science, reference, social sciences, science and technology. Content sources include peer reviewed journals, monographs and books, conference proceedings, research papers and reference materials sourced and indexed by RMIT Publishing.
Further informationInternational Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
Over 300,000 articles in thirty different languages - indexing articles on medieval subjects in journals, Festschriften, conference proceedings, and collected essays. Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the period 450 to 1500 for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Citations classified by date, subject and location.
Further informationIrish Times and The Weekly Irish Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The complete digital archive of The Irish Times (1859 - 4 years ago) and The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958).
Further informationIter Bibliography
A bibliography comprised of secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Citations for books and journal material are included, as are citations for dissertation abstracts and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues).
Further informationIter Italicum
The online edition of Paul Oskar Kristeller's Iter Italicum, the finding list of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections all over the world. Originally published in six volumes, between 1963 and 1992, it is a tool for classical, medieval and Renaissance studies.
Public accessIwidex: index of tribal history, tikanga and whakapapa
An index of tribal history, tikanga and whakapapa held in the Heritage and Research Collections of Auckland City Libraries.
Further informationMobile appJSTOR Ireland Collection
An interdisciplinary collection of journals, monographs, and manuscripts covering topics in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The content is international in scope, while also providing a rich focus on Ireland.
Further informationMapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature (NCCO)
An archive of maps selected from the British Library, the National Archives at Kew, the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Alberta. Also included is Bryn Mawr's collection of European Travel accounts and selected travel narratives from Library collections.
Further informationMobile appMarch of Time (Alexander Street Press)
An American newsreel series produced from 1935-1967 by Time Inc. Available in online streaming video in a single, cross-searchable collection designed to meet the needs of researchers, teaching staff, and students.
Public accessNational Archives
The UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. They provide detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.
Public accessNational Library of New Zealand Discovery Search
Simultaneously searches the National Library Catalogue, TAPUHI, Timeframes, Publications NZ, Index NZ, Te Puna Web Directory, Matapihi and findNZarticles. Extended sources option also available.
Further informationNew York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The complete digital archive of the New York Times from 1851 - 4 years ago.
Further informationNineteenth Century British Library Newspapers
The 19th Century British Library Newspapers collection, in two parts, contains 70 newspapers selected by the British Library to provide a broad yet detailed view of British life in the 19th century. The collection is made up of daily and weekly newspapers, national and regional, as well as from Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Further informationNineteenth Century Collections Online: NCCO
A global digitisation and publishing program focused on primary source collections of the nineteenth century. Collections are sourced through partnerships with major world libraries as well as specialist libraries, and content includes monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more.
Public accessNineteenth-Century Serials Edition
An online edition of six nineteenth-century periodicals and newspapers: Monthly Repository (1806-1837); Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833); Northern Star (1838-1852); Leader (1850-1860); English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864); Tomahawk (1867-1870); Publishers’ Circular (1880-1890).
Further informationObserver and The Guardian (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The complete digital archive of The Observer, 1791 - 2003 and, The Guardian, 1821 - 2003.
Further informationOtago Nominal Index
An index to names in documents held by the Hocken Library, including electoral rolls and street directories.
Further informationOxford Dictionary of National Biography
An illustrated collection of more than 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2001.
Further informationOxford Scholarship Online
Cross-searchable library containing full-text books in the areas of Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology.
Public accessPapers Past
Contains digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals published between 1839 and 1945. All the newspaper titles on the site can be searched and browsed by date, region, or title.
Public accessParliamentary Papers
Contains Parliamentary papers presented to the House & ordered to be published during this Parliament.
Further informationPeriodicals Archive Online Foundation Collection (ProQuest)
A full-text archive of 215 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. Coverage is from the first issue to the end of 2000, or final issue (whichever is first).
Further informationPeriodicals Index Online (PIO) (ProQuest)
An international index to millions of articles published in the humanities and social sciences. Every article in each journal is indexed, from volume 1, issue 1 to recent times. The database includes periodicals in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, and other Western languages.
Further informationPhotography: The World Through the Lens (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, this is a collection of photographs, photograph albums, photographically illustrated books and texts on the early history of photography from libraries and archives from across the globe.
Further informationProQuest Central
A leading electronic database providing indexing/abstracting and full-text access to scholarly and general interest publications. It combines information from a number of online databases with subjects covering: business, law, education, computing, science, technology, engineering, arts, medicine, and religion.
Further informationProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
A collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, from 1743 to the present day. Where available, the database includes a 24-page preview. Dissertations published since July 1980 include a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts.
Further informationProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland
Citations to dissertations and theses accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1716, with abstracts to content from 1986.
Further informationProQuest Military Collection
Covers topics across all government and military branches, including international relations, political science, criminology, defense, aeronautics and space flight, communications, civil engineering, and more.
Further informationProQuest Research Library
A multidisciplinary database designed to cover the top 150 core academic subject reference areas. The database includes thousands of full-text titles, with a diversified mix of scholarly journals, professional and trade publications, and general interest magazines.
Further informationReligion, Society, Spirituality, and Reform (NCCO)
Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Religion, Spirituality, Reform And Society examines the influence of both faith and skepticism on the shaping of many aspects of society---politics, law, economics, and social and radical reform movements.
Public accessRIAN: Pathways to Irish Research
A freely accessible database of Irish research material harvested from the institutional repositories of seven Irish university libraries.
Further informationSAGE Knowledge eBooks
SAGE Knowledge includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more. The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of book and reference content from one source.
Further informationScience, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925 (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, this archive covers every aspect of nineteenth-century science: electricity and electromagnetism, mathematics and engineering, astronomy and astrophysics, color theory and the theory of natural selection, geology and mineralogy, chemistry and medicine.
Further informationScotsman (1817-1950) (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The complete digital archive of The Scotsman from 1817-1950.
Further informationSeventeenth-Eighteenth Century Burney Collection Newspapers
The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles.
Further informationMobile appTaylor & Francis Online
A collection of full text journals in humanities, social sciences, science and technology from Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Psychology Press, including access to back issues from 1997 where available.
Further informationTe Puna
Search the National Bibliographic Database for items held in libraries throughout New Zealand.
Further informationTimes Digital Archive
Searchable full-text archive of the Times (London) newspaper and its predecessor, the Daily Universal Register. The database contains facsimile images of every issue published 1785+, including articles, photographs, letters, advertisements.
Public accessTrove
A discovery service focused on Australia, Australians, and items found in Australian collecting institutions. It provides a single point of access to resources currently discoverable via the National Library of Australia's multiple discovery services, and to digitised material freely available online anywhere in the world.
Further informationUPCC Book Collections (Project MUSE)
Provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. The library subscribed content includes: Archaeology and Anthropology, Film, Theatre and Performing Arts, Global Cultural Studies, Higher Education, History, Literature, Philosophy and Religion, Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction, Political Science, and Policy Studies.
Further informationMobile appVAST: Academic Video Online (Alexander Street Press)
A package of video collections in 21 disciplines accessible through the Academic Video Online cross-search. VAST is growing steadily and will include access to 20,000 videos.
Further informationWall Street Journal (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The complete digital archive of the Wall Street Journal from 1889 - 18 years ago.
Further informationWiley-Blackwell Journals
A collection of full-text scientific, technical, medical, social science and business journals published by Wiley.
Further informationWomen: Transnational Networks (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, this database of primary resources is focused on issues at the intersection of gender and class from the late-eighteenth century to the era of suffrage in the early-twentieth century.
Public accessWorld Digital Library
Contains significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials.