James H. Thomason Library

History 3412

Modern Britain

Locating Articles

Georgian Door
1700-1780, Dublin

photograph: Fergal Claddagh

  Article Databases
  Historic Newspapers
  Journal Finder
Locating Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  EBSCO eBook Collection
  WorldCat and ILL
Reference Sources-Background Info
  Print Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc
  E-book Encyclopedias
  Visual materials
  Style Guides
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Locating Articles    
Article Databases/Indexes back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

Academic Search Complete   [EBSCOhost]
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Gale Biography in Context
Search for people, includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.

A searchable archive of full-text journals covering all disciplines

Project Muse

Current and recent volumes of over 111 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.
PC has Journal of Sport History, 2010-present; Journal of Sports Media, 2006-present.


Historic Newspapers   back to top

America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-1876 [NewsBank Archive of Americana]
A searchable database with issues from over 700 historical American newspapers from 23 states and the District of Columbia focusing largely on the 18th and early 19th centuries. Select specific titles or search publications by state.

The New York Times Archive [ProQuest Historical Newspapers]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals [Library of Congress]
Twenty-three popular periodicals digitized by Cornell University Library and the Library of Congress, including literary and political magazines, as well as Scientific American, Manufacturer and Builder, and Garden and Forest: A Journal of Horticulture, Landscape Art, and Forestry. The longest run is for The North American Review, 1815-1900.


Journal Finder   back to top
Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.


Locating Books    
THOMCAT   back to top

Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Gipson, Lawrence Henry [as AUTHOR]

  Langer, William L. [as AUTHOR]  
  George I--Great Britain [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to modern Britain:

THOMCAT Subjects

  Africa Colonization  

Africa West History 1884 1960

  Anti-imperialist movements--Great Britain--History--19th century  
  Great Britain - Civilization 19th Century  
  Great Britain Colonies History 18th century  
  Great Britain--History--18th century  
  Great Britain--History--Victoria  1837 1901  
  Imperialism--History--18th century  
  Industrial revolution--England--History--19th century 
  Victoria 1837-1901  

Be sure to use the pass-through to PASCAL for additional books!




PASCAL Subjects

  Industrial revolution--England--History--19th century
  Industrial Revolution Great Britain

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Britain AND India

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
(Great Britain OR England)
AND India

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
imperial* = imperialism, imperialist, imperialists

  • Use "quotes" around words in a phrase to
    search as a phrase:
    "imperial expansion"

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs & library databases


  PASCAL Catalog   back to top

When you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search in the PASCAL Catalog for books you can borrow from other academic libraries in SC. Through the PASCAL Delivers service, you can order books online for delivery within 3-5 working days.


Searching in the PASCAL Catalog is similar to searching in THOMCAT. An added BONUS in THOMCAT is a pass-through from search results in THOMCAT to the same search results in PASCAL with one click on the PASCAL icon like the red box on the right   > > >

The pass-through is available on any search at any level:

  • A PC book you need is checked out? Click the PASCAL icon to find other copies available in SC.

  • Need more items on a subject? PASCAL items on that subject are just a click away.

click to pass from THOMCAT to PASCAL

This free service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.


EBSCO eBook Collection    back to top


EBSCOhost has acquired NetLibrary!

  • Find eBooks using the familliar EBSCO platform by entering words related to your topic.
  • eBook Table of Contents help you determine the usefulness of the book.
  • Open eBook full-text, then search inside using the magnifying glass icon under EBSCO tools on the right.
  • Many eBooks like the one on the right can be found in THOMCAT searches ... just click to connect.


eBook Example in THOMCAT:

The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World System, 1830-1970, John Darwin, Cambridge U. Press, 2009.

Other options for book loans    


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan
ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for more information.

Reference Sources:    
Atlases   back to top

Atlas of British History, Dorset Press, 1985.
Main Level, Reference Collection: ATLAS 911.42 G767A 

Atlas of British Overseas Expansion, Simon & Schuster, c1991.

Main Level, Reference Collection: ATLAS 911.41 At65A  

An  Atlas of Empire,  A. A. Knopf, 1937.

Main Level, Reference Collection: ATLAS 911 H78    

Atlas of the British Empire, Facts on File, c1989.
Upper Level: 909.0971241 At65A 

Historical Atlas of Britain, Continuum, 1981. 

Upper Level: 911 H629H  


Oxford Atlas of Exploration, Oxford University Press, c1997.
Main Level, Reference Collection: ATLAS 911 Ox2O

United Kingdom Maps [Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection, Univ. TX Austin]

Historical maps are in chronological order.


Print Reference Books [background information sources]   back to top


The British Establishment, 1760-1784; An eighteenth-century biographical dictionary, University  of Oklahoma Press [1970].

Main Level, Reference Collection: R  920.042 V234B [2 vols]  

Lives of the Georgian Age, 1714-1837, Barnes & Noble Books, 1978.

Main Level, Reference Collection: R 920.042 L373L2  

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias

The 1890s: An Encyclopedia of British Literature, Art, and Culture, Garland, 1993.

Main Level, Reference Collection: R 941.08103 Ei44E  

Colonialism:  An International, Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, c2003.

Main Level, Reference Collection: R 325.3 C718C [3 vols]  

Dictionary of the British Empire and Commonwealth, Murray, 1996.

Main Level, Reference Collection: R 909.0971241 P182D 

A Dictionary of English Place Names / A.D. Mills, Oxford University Press, 1991.

Main Level, Reference Collection:  R 914.2003 M624D  

The Encyclopedia of Britain, Macmillan Pub. Co., 1993.
Main Level, Reference Collection: R 941.003 G211E

The Encyclopedia of Romanticism: Culture in Britain, 1780s-1830s, Garland Pub., 1992.

Main Level, Reference Collection: R 941.073 En19E   


Great Britain: the Lion at Home; a documentary history of domestic policy, 1689-1973, Chelsea House Publishers, 1974.

Upper Level:  942 W636G [4 vols] 

A History of England in the Eighteenth Century, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1878-90.

Upper Level: 942.07 L49 [8 vols]  

A History of the English People in the Nineteenth Century, E. Benn [1949-52].

Upper Level: 942 H137H [7 vols]  

Twentieth-Century Britain:  An Encyclopedia, Garland Pub., 1995.

Main Level, Reference Collection: R 941.082 T918T

Victorian Britain:  An Encyclopedia, Garland Pub., 1988.

Main Level, Reference Collection: R 941.0810321 V666V     


Chronology of European History, 15,000 B.C. to 1997, Salem Press, 1997.

Main Level, Reference Collection: R 940.02 C468C [3 vols]

Chronology of the Modern World, 1763 to 1992, Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Main Level, Reference Collection: R 909.002 M487C v.4      

Chronology of World History, ABC-CLIO, c1999.

Main Level, Reference Collection: R 902.02 M487C [4 vols]  



E-book Encyclopedia Collections

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Search these collections of eReference Encyclopedias OR select a relevant individual title:

CREDO Reference

Search across all subjects/books in the collection here or select from individual CREDO titles related to modern Britain:

Chambers Dictionary of World History

Companion to British History, Routledge

Dictionary of British History

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century





Cambridge Histories Online

Search entire collection here.

Browse titles in British History:

The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain [3 vols]

The Cambridge Social History of Britain [3 vols]

The Cambridge Urban History of Britain [3 vols]

General History

The Cambridge Modern History [13 vols]:

V. 6. The Rise of Great Britain and Russia 1688-1715/25

Regional History

The Cambridge History of Africa [8 vols]:

V. 4 From 1600-1790

V. 5 From 1790-1870

The New Cambridge History of India [21 vols] Examples:
V. 2.1. Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire

V. 3.1. Socio-religious Reform Movements in British India





Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection

Search entire ORO collection here or select individual titles:

A Dictionary of British History, 2001.

A Dictionary of Political Biography   

Kings and Queens of Britain

The Oxford Companion to British History [ORO], revised ed., Oxford University Press, 2003. Print also:  R 941.003 Ox2O [1997] 

The Oxford Companion to Black British History
A comprehensive overview of the black presence in Britain, and the rich and diverse contribution it has made to British society. 

Oxford Companion to Australian History 

Oxford Companion to Irish History 

Oxford Companion to Scottish History 

Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea





Sharpe Online Reference: U.S. History and Culture  [SOLR]

Search the collection of 9 eBooks or just the title below to explore the broad range of events, people, movements, and political, social, economic, and cultural issues that have shaped the United States from earliest times to the present day. Includes web links, primary sources, teacher resources, as well as a searchable image gallery.

Colonial America




Visual materials   back to top

ARTstor Digital Library

Initiated at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the ARTstor Digital Library is comprised of approximately 300,000 digital images of visual material from different time-periods, cultures, and disciplines derived from several source collections that are the product of collaborations with libraries, museums, photographic archives, publishers, slide libraries, and individual scholars. ARTstor provides a wide range of visual materials for educational and scholarly use, and broader access to images of important art, architecture, design and archeological objects.

see Websites below...


Style Guides   back to top

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, The University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Main Level, Reference: R 808.027 C432C

Research and Documentation Online: Chicago Style - History Papers [Bedford St./Martin's, 5th edition]

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.


Websites   back to top

The British Empire: Where the sun never sets [Stephen Luscombe]

Includes Timelines, Maproom, and more.

The British Monarchy [Official Website]

See History of the Monarchy as well as other relevant links. Indepth biographical coverage from The Hanoverians to the present.

The British Empire: an Overview [The Victorian Web]

Discusses individual colonies and provides some primary sources.

Imperialism by John Hobson excerpt [Modern History Sourcebook, Paul Halsall, Fordham Univ]

A critique of the economic bases of imperialism written in 1902.

Punch Political Cartoons [The British Empire, Stephen Luscombe with Ronald Hudson]
"Punch was a Victorian weekly magazine that built up for itself a reputation for satire and savagely cutting commentary. Although in many ways a conservative magazine, they kept no sacred cows; anything and everything was available to be satirized and ridiculed." from site

Rise and fall of BE syllabus with readings


British Imperialism [Les Fearns, casahistory.net]

For modern history undergrad students, "Casahistoria is designed to help history surfers to use the web more effectively and efficiently by reducing the amount of time spent "filtering" the valuable from less valuable. Hopefully you will find casahistoria will give some indication of the usefulness of a particular site to you. Topics are not comprehensive, but they do emphasize those themes most commonly studied and within each topic my intention (wherever possible) is to provide a variety of links to sites that not only inform, but also allow you to see divergent views and make judgements." from site

BE: An Internet Gateway has sites [Dr.Jane Samson]


Newspaper Collections [British Library]

Includes the British Newspaper Archive with 200+ titles and Newspapers from 1800-1900 with 49 titles. Search terms are highlighted in the full-text. Limit search or results by place, time, newspaper, and more.


Victoria Research Web: Scholarly Resources for Victorian Research [Patrick Leary, Indiana University] 

A Vision of Britain Through Time [United Kingdom]

A significant resource for those studying nineteenth and twentieth-century British social history. The site aggregates information from census returns from 1801 to the present, alongside various gazetteers, historical maps, and 'traveller's tales'. Data is organised by geographical location, and the standard means of access is via a simple postcode or place name search. Sophisticated Expert Search is available for those with specific data requirements. Typical information returned includes: a list of references to the place in question in the gazetteers and travel writings hosted on the site; details of administrative districts and boundary changes during the last two hundred years; general information about the place; and detailed demographic statistics. The demographic statistics are divided into several sections, covering: population; births and deaths; industry; work and poverty; social class; housing; learning and language; and roots and religion. Each section provides useful charts and graphs, and clear explanations of any inconsistencies in the data sets due to the changing census forms or boundaries. This site was created by the Great Britain Historical GIS Project at the University of Portsmouth, headed by Humphrey Southall, and funded by various sources, in particular the JISC Digitisation Programme, the Big Lottery Fund and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Its presentation is excellent, and its content should prove of particular value to local, social, economic, and general historians.

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