General help

If you need help with using the Library or have more specific subject-related enquiries for History contact library@fxplus.ac.uk



The books are organised in subject order within the Library. Books for History are kept in a number of sections depending on their subject coverage and emphasis. Here is a selection for History.

  • 306 - culture & institutions (political, religious, family) 
  • 330.9 - economic history
  • 941 - history of the British Isles
  • 942 - history of England
  • 947 - history of Eastern Europe; Russia
  • 951 - history of China
  • 952 - history of Japan
  • 956 - history of Middle East
  • 960 - history of Africa
  • 973 - history of United States

For further information on where to find books consult the Library catalogue.

Remember that it is also possible to borrow books from the University of Exeter Library, by using our Inter-Campus Service.


Exeter students and staff have access to a wide range of electronic journals which are available via the University of Exeter Library catalogue. You will need your Exeter IT username and password to log in to use the ejournals.

If you are unsure which electronic journal titles are available on History topics, use the E-Library link and limit your search to History and EJournals. The resources that will be particularly useful are

  • JSTOR 
  • Project Muse

Once logged into these services, you can select to view only History journals.  

We have a small collection of print journals on History subjects in the Library. 

If the journal title or particular issue you want is not available electronically, but the University of Exeter Library has the print version, it is possible to get a copy sent to you using our Inter Campus Service.


Bibliographic databases index the contents of journals. They will enable you to locate useful articles for your essays simply by typing in keywords that describe your topic.  Databases index from a wide range of journal titles and will often index articles from the very first issue of a journal. All databases will either provide links to the full article or will provide enough detail for you to find it elsewhere. They are a very powerful search tool!

All databases and indexes available to Exeter students are available via the E-Library link. 

A few of the full text databases containing primary sources are listed below:

  • Burney Newspaper collection - 17th & 18th c. newspapers, broadsides & pamphlets 
  • ECCO - Eighteenth Century Collections Online - digital images of 150,000 books published in the 18c.
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online - papers from the 18c to 21c
  • Mass Observation Online - personal letters, diaries & day surveys from 1937-1965
  • Victorian Popular Culture - material relating to popular entertainment from 1779-1930, including music halls, magic shows  and freak shows

To search for journal articles, try

  • British Humanities Index 
  • Bibliography of British & Irish History
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Web of Science: Arts & Humanities Citation Index

Other libraries & archives in the area

When you start to research topics in depth, you may find it useful to consult the books, journals and primary resources held in other libraries & archives in the area. The links below are some suggestions of places you might like to try.

Please check visiting arrangements before setting out!