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History - key resources

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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
An online archive of letters and journals by Reverend Samuel Marsden (1765-1838) as well as the papers of other early NZ missionaries. The collection provides access to high resolution images of manuscripts from Hocken Collections along with associated transcripts created by Gordon Parsonson.
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

InfoDatabase title
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 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)
Archives New Zealand's system for documenting and making available government records in the context of their creation and use. Archway contains descriptive information for the records held by Archives New Zealand. It also provides the ability to request items for viewing in one of their Reading Rooms or online access to digital records and digitised images.
Further informationMobile appArts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science Core Collection)
Bibliographic and citation information for journal articles in the arts and humanities. Individually selected, relevant items from major science and social science journals are also indexed.
Further informationAsia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange (NCCO)
A range of primary source collections covering international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. Topics 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.
Further informationAustralasian Literature: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands (Alexander Street Press)
Creative works from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s to the present. Genres include Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Commentary and Criticism and Biography and Interviews.
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. 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
Access full-text e-books in the following humanities and social sciences 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; and Social Sciences. Full-text journals are also included for: Humanities, International Law and Biology.
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)
An archive 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.
Further informationBritish Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture (NCCO)
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.
Further informationCambridge Histories Online
Full-text 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 America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Further informationMobile appCurrent 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 the 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 (ProQuest)
Contains declassified government documents covering 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 (ENZB)
Provide a complete online full-text and keyword-searchable corpus of books about New Zealand which were published in the first two-thirds of the nineteenth century.
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 programmes recorded off-air from domestic and international television channels and Internet channels. First-time users must register for an ongoing username/password: select University of Otago; use University staff or student email address (otago.ac.nz) only; username/password will be sent to your email. Note: Use Chrome for all eTV functionality.
Further informationEuropa World Plus
An online reference work covering political and economic information for more than 250 countries and territories. Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series.
Further informationEurope and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest (NCCO)
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)
This collection includes the full-text of English, French and German titles held at Castle Corvey in Germany. The collection and archive of writing is representative of British Romantic, early Victorian writing and of Continental Romanticism, the Corvey Collection is unmatched. The collection holds a number of rare titles as well as historically neglected and marginalized authors whose lives and works have become the subjects of scholarly recovery during recent decades.
Further informationEuropean Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 (EBSCOhost)
A bibliographic database that provides a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.
Public accessFamilySearch
A nonprofit family history organization provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch records, resources, and services allow users to gather, preserve and share genealogical records worldwide.
Further informationGale Artemis: Primary Sources (Gale Cengage)
Cross-search: Seventeenth-Eighteenth Century Burney Collection Newspapers; Nineteenth Century British Newspapers; Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926; Times Digital Archive; 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 (ProQuest)
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. This database includes all data from Humanities International Index plus unique full-text content.
Further informationInformit Humanities & Social Sciences Collection
A multidisciplinary collection providing access to unique content from journals, monographs, conference proceedings, research papers and reference materials. The broad subject coverage includes Aboriginal and indigenous studies, arts, history, law, literary studies, media, political science and sociology.
Further informationInternational Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
A multidisciplinary bibliographic database covering Europe, North Africa and the Middle East for the entire period from AD 300 to 1500. It aims to provide a comprehensive, current bibliography of articles in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) published worldwide in over 35 different languages.
Further informationIrish Times and The Weekly Irish Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The complete digital archive of The Irish Times (1859 - 3 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
A finding list of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections all over the world.
Public accessIwidex
An index for information on tribal history, tikanga-a-iwi and whakapapa held in the heritage and research collections of Auckland Libraries. Locate information about Māori waka, traditions, waiata, haka, tribal whenua, maunga, marae, carving, weaving, stories and whakapapa.
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.
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 Search Collections
Simultaneously searches across the National Library Catalogue, TAPUHI, Publications NZ, Index NZ, findNZarticles, AtoJsOnline, Papers Past, MacLean Papers, Te Ao Hou, and Transactions & Proceedings of Royal Society of NZ.
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 Newspapers (Gale Cengage)
A collection of 70 national and regional newspapers that provide a broad yet detailed view of British life in the 19th century. The collection is made up of daily and weekly publications from England, Scotland, Northern 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
A national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The Dictionary offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors.
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)
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. This resource serves multiple disciplines and supports a range of research and study topics.
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
A comprehensive record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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)
This collection 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. The material in this archive explores religious and philosophical movements in reaction to dramatic changes in culture and society wrought by the industrial revolution and modernity.
Public accessRIAN: Pathways to Irish Research
A freely accessible database of Irish research material harvested from the repositories of Irish universities and institutions.
Further informationSAGE Knowledge eBooks
Includes SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.
Further informationScience, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925 (NCCO)
This archive of journals, books, reports, and personal documents covers scientific research and discovery during the nineteenth century.
Further informationScotsman (1817-1950) (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The complete digital archive of The Scotsman from 1817-1950.
Further informationSeventeenth-Eighteenth Century Burney Collection Newspapers (Gale Cengage)
Access the newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of 'news' and 'newspapers' and the "free press", 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 (Gale Cengage)
A 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 since 1785, including articles, photographs, letters, and 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.
Public accessTrove Digitised Newspapers and More
An online service that enables full-text searching of Australian newspapers and magazines from the 19th and 20th centuries.
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 multidisciplinary collection of videos covering: Art & Design, Diversity, Health Sciences, History, Literature & Language, Music & Performing Arts, Personal Interest, Psychology & Counseling, Science & Engineering and Social Sciences.
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)
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.