James H. Thomason Library

History 450: Stuart England Seminar
Background Information

Charles I in the Hunting Field, Anthony van Dyck, painting on canvas, 1636, The Louvre
ArtStor image database

    Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
    e-Reference Books
Locating Books
    PASCAL Catalog
    Interlibrary Loan
Locating Articles
    Article Databases
    Journal Finder
    Key Journals
Web Sites
  General Sites
  Image Sources

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Background Information:    
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias [print]   back to top


Age of Wars of Religion 1000-1650: An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization, Greenwood Press, 2006.

Main Level, Reference: R 909.07 N711A [2 vols]

Chronology of World History, ABC-CLIO, c1999.

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

Colonialsim: An International, Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia, ABC Clio, 2003.

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

Vols 1-2 are arranged alphabetically, Vol 3 contains documents.

Encyclopedia of Britain, Macmillan Pub. Co., 1993.

Main Level, Reference: R 941.003 G211E

Also available in electronic format at historyworld.net

The Encyclopaedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, 2003.

Main Level, Reference: R 941.5 En19E


Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland, Harper-Collins Publishers, 1994.

Main Level, Reference: R 942.1003 C693C

Historical Dictionary of Ireland, Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1997.

Main Level, Reference: R 941.5 T351H

Encyclopedia of Religion, Macmillan Reference USA, c2005.

Main Level, Reference: R 200.3 En19E

Electronic version available here

New Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomson/Gale, Catholic University of America, 2003.

Main Level, Reference: R 282.03 N42N [15 vols]

Electronic version from New Advent available here

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005.
Main Level, Reference: R 903 N42N [6 vols]

Electronic version available here


e-Reference Books

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The Catholic Encyclopedia [New Advent] 2003.

An international work of reference on the constitution, doctrine, discipline and history of the Catholic Church.

The Reformation entry from Catholic viewpoint.

Encyclopedia of Religion [GVRL], Macmillan Reference USA, 2005.

Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 200.3 En19E

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas [GVRL], Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference:  R 903 N42N [6 vols]

Gale World History in Context [Thomson Gale]

A comprehensive collection of over 27 award-winning reference books as well as full-text articles.

Search all CREDO e-Reference books here or relevant individual CREDO titles:


Chambers Dictionary of World History [CREDO Reference], Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd., 2005.
Newly revised and expanded, the third edition contains many new entries, providing clear and authoritative coverage of the most significant people, ideas and events of world history, 1000 AD to present.

The Companion to British History [CREDO], Routledge, 2001.
comprehensive A-Z guide to the history of Britain and its peoples is for general readers and students.

Dictionary of British History
[CREDO], Market House Books Ltd, 1997.
The Dictionary of British History covers the history of Britain from Roman times to the present day, and also its overseas territories during British Rule. Attention is paid not only to English history but also to that of Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

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Search all Oxford Reference Online books here or relevant individual ORO titles:


A Dictionary of British History [ORO], Oxford University Press, 2001.

A Dictionary of World History [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2006.

Includes biographies of key figures in world history, historical summaries for each country, and entries on religious and political movements, international organizations, and key battles and places from pre-history to the present.

The Oxford Companion to British History [ORO], Oxford University Press, 2003.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 941.003 Ox2O [1997]

The Oxford Companion to Irish History [ORO], Oxford University Press, c2007.

The Oxford Companion to Scottish History [ORO], Oxford University Press, 2007.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 941.1 Ox2O

The Oxford Companion to Military History [ORO], Oxford University Press, 2004.

Dynasties of the World [ORO], Oxford University Press, 2009.
Tables giving years of rule and family relationships (in the male line unless otherwise indicated) for the reigning families of the world, from Horus Aha, first pharoah of Egypt, to Abdallah, present king of Saudi Arabia. Included in the tables are data regarding regencies and co-regencies, abdications and depositions, interregna and dynastic unions, mandates and protectorates, canonizations and beatifications, and the end of monarchic rule through conquest or overthrow.

The Kings and Queens of Britain [ORO], Oxford, 2001.






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Search all SAGE e-Reference books here or these relevant individual SAGE titles:


Encyclopedia of Leadership [SAGE Reference], Sage Publications, c2004.
--article on Cromwell 1599-1658

Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right
[SAGE Reference], Sage Publications, 2005.
William of Orange, Cromwell, etc.

Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime [SAGE Reference], Sage Publications, 2005.
entry on “History of Violence In Religions”


Atlases   back to top


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

Atlas of British Overseas Expansion, Simon & Schuster, c1991.
Main Level, Reference: ATLAS 911.41 At65A 

Historical Atlas of Britain, Continuum, 1981.

Upper Level: 911 H629H


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:              

Pepys, Samuel, 1633-1703 [as AUTHOR]

  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to the Stuarts in British history:
  Charles II King Of England 1630 1685
  Cromwell, Oliver 1599 1658  

Great Britain-History--Charles ...

  • Materials relevant to the study of the Stuarts may also be found by specifying the era or dates, geographic area, or the material type in which you are interested:

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog,

however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. 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:
James I AND Bible

· Use OR between synonyms to expand your search and
group those terms with parentheses:
(James IV OR James I) AND Scotland

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:
assassinat* = assassinate
, assassinated, assassination

· Use "quotation marks " around a phrase

to find the exact phrase:
"Gunpowder Plot "

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 here for books in other academic libraries in SC.


PASCAL Catalog searching 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.

The pass through is available on any search at any level

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

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

PASCAL Delivers SC's virtual academic library

Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days.

This 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.


WorldCat   back to top

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


Interlibrary Loan   back to top

You need to use Interlibrary Loan when...

  • an article you need is not available at PC [you've checked Journal Finder to see if the library has access to the journal for the date that you need]

Interlibrary Loan is another option available to PC students, faculty and staff. Click link for instructions.

Locating Articles    
Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  When passworded from off campus locations, supply your PC e-mail account username [i.e. tinman] and password. Search databases using terms dealing with your topic.

  Academic Search Premier [EBSCOhost]
A large collection of active full text peer-reviewed journals, Academic Search Premier contains indexing for 8,172 publications, with full text for nearly 4,700 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

Academic OneFile [Thomson Gale]
Journal database covering a wide range of disciplines. Includes indexing with abstracts, full-text articles and linked full-text articles.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials [EBSCO] 1949 - present
A comprehensive reference database designed to support religious and theological scholarship in graduate education and faculty research. Contains citations from international titles and multi-author works related to the field of religion and full-text for over fifty of the six hundred journals indexed. Also includes a full range of index citations to essays in multi-author works and book reviews from ATLA print indexes.

Gale World History in Context [Thomson Gale]

A comprehensive collection of award-winning reference books, full-text articles from leading scholarly publications, an array of primary sources, and images, maps and charts which provide expansive geographic and chronologic research materials for the study of world history. From ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance, world history curricula is supported with over 1,800 primary sources, over 27 reference titles and more than 110 journals. Results provide era, topic, and event overviews, and viewpoint essays.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Indexes articles, books and essays dealing with years 400-1700 (Middle Ages and Renaissance)

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. JSTOR is a journal archive with complete runs of journals up to three years ago. Current issues are not available in JSTOR, but may be in other databases.

JSTOR has indexed 19th Century British pamphlets from several collections including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Collection, 1545-1900 which can be browsed by year here. "It consists largely of pamphlets sent back to London by British ambassadors to help with policy formation. It is particularly rich in material related to South America, the Near East, and to the various great European political "questions" of the 19th century. The Colonial Office Collection is chiefly comprised of pamphlets sent back from Britain's colonies, including some unique early material from Australasia."

Military & Government Collection

EBSCO database offering current news pertaining all branches of the military and government

OAIster [OCLC]   

Search this catalog of digital collections including digitized books and articles, born-digital texts, audio files, images, movies, data sets from over 100 contributors worldwide.

Project Muse

Contains current and recent volumes of 111 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Internet Archive

Working to preserve a record of the Internet for generations to come, IA is a non-profit organization founded to build an Internet library of historical collections that exist in digital formats including texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages.

A search of texts using keywords Stuart England retrieves these ~200 results. A known work [Basilikon Doron by James I] may be found at this site.


Journal Finder   back to top

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper article you need. Library databases are connected to Journal Finder and lead you to full-text if available.

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.


Key Journals   back to top



A publication of The North American Conference on British Studies, Albion was founded in 1969 and published quarterly at Appalachian State University.

Church History
The chief outlet for the American Society of Church History. Articles, forums, and book reviews in Church History address a range of topics dealing with the history of Christianity from its precursors to the modern period, as well as interactions of Christianity with its host cultures and with other religions.

English Historical Review

The oldest journal of historical scholarship in the English-speaking world. It deals not only with British history, but with almost all aspects of European and world history since the classical era.

Historical Journal

Publishes papers on all aspects of British, European, and world history since the fifteenth century.

History Today

Presents essays and research articles dealing with a wide range of topics pertaining to ancient and modern world history.

Journal of British Studies

Recognized as North America's premier publication for the study of British history and civilization. JBS publishes research articles and thematic review essays by an array of international authors in history, literature, and allied disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Contributors cover fields that include social history, religion, economics, law, demographics, and gender and cultural studies. JBS also explores the changing character and significance of British culture in Britain itself and in areas of the world previously contained within the ambit of the British Empire - ranging chronologically from the Middle Ages to the present. Quarterly since 1985.

Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies

Semiannual published by Indiana University Press covering history.

Past and Present

Widely acknowledged to be the liveliest and most stimulating historical journal in the English-speaking world. Offers the examination of particular problems and periods as well as wider issues of historical change.

Scottish Historical Review

Covers all periods of Scottish history from the early to the modern, & encourages a variety of historical approaches.


Web Sites    
General Sites   back to top


Newly released from the British Library! Interactive Timeline [The British Library]

Arranged by decade from the year 1210 through 2000, this interactive site holds a wealth of primary source images and documents including manuscripts, posters, pamphlets, maps, patents, and more. Click to launch then fly through the decades to the 1600s and view a selection of items from each decade. Create your own timeline of favorites. description from British Library


17th Century Documents [Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy; Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School]
Includes English Bill of Rights 1689, Mayflower Compact, Treaty of Westphalia 1648, charters of American colonies, and more.

Best of History  [an EdTechTeacher.org resource]
An award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more.

BOH site has been recommended by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Council for the Social Studies, The British Library Net, The New York Public Library, the BBC, Princeton University.

British Civil Wars [David Plant]
An impressive site that includes timelines, twenty-four biographies of leading figures in the conflict, and descriptions of sixty-two battles and sieges. Sections include: Time Lines: chronological listings of events during the period 1640-60, Biography: who's who in the Civil Wars and Commonwealth, Military: military history of the Civil Wars and Commonwealth. There are links to websites and online articles relevant to this period and a Booklist of the main reference books used in creating this site.

EuroDocs: History of the United Kingdom - Primary Documents
These links connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents and shed light on key historical happenings. The sources on the United Kingdom cover various chronological periods, such as 1689 to 1815 and 1816 to 1918.

New! European History Primary Documents [European University Institute]

"A joint venture between various organizations within the European University Institute...this ambitious project attempts to create a single site compiling all digitized primary sources pertaining to European history. The various sites are arranged by nation, language, period, subject, and type of source, creating an easily usable index of digitized European primary sources. The site also features a search box that allows users to search all of the sites contained in the index." description from CHOICE Reviews Online 11/2010

History of England [History World.net]

History World’s aim is to make world history more easily accessible through interactive narratives and timelines. Written by Bamber Gascoigne, it consists of about 300 narratives ( the alphabetical list runs from Aegean Civilization to Zoroastrianism) and 10,000 events on searchable timelines. The site includes electronic access to the Encyclopedia of Britain, Macmillan, 2003.
Narratives discuss Stuart colonial expansion, etc. from Charles I and Charles II [James I]  to
Civil War and Commonwealth and Restoration and Revolution.


Internet Modern History Sourcebook  [Paul Halsall, Fordham University]

The Oliver Cromwell Website [The Cromwell Association and The Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon]

Since his death as Lord Protector in 1658 his life, ambitions, motives and actions have been the subject of scholarly investigation and intense, often vitriolic, debate. Includes a brief biography, timeline, and more.

Stuart England [David Ross, Britain Express Limited ]
Key periods in English history are covered here through concise essays on the Tudor Era, Stuart Britain, and Timeline of English Monarchs. See also British Battles for accounts of some of the most influential battles fought on British soil. Each battle profile contains facts about the battle: who was involved and why, account of the battle, and results.

Westminster Assembly Project

"Both the largest parliamentary committee of the English civil war and the last of the great post-Reformation synods, the Assembly is perhaps best known as the creed-making body behind the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, documents which have guided Presbyterian and Reformed churches for centuries.

The Westminster Assembly Project exists to make the writings of the Westminster Assembly and its members available to scholars and to the general public with several sub-projects."




Image Sources   back to top



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. 


Bridgeman Art Library Archive [CREDO Reference] An archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world.


OAIster [OCLC]
A catalog of digital collections.


Union of England & Scotland, Peter Paul Rubens, oil on panel,1630, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

King Charles I of England commissioned Rubens to paint a ceiling mural for the Banqueting Hall at Whitehall Palace in London. This is an oil sketch for the portion of the mural celebrating the power of the Stuart monarchy and the reign of James I, Charles' deceased father. In this painting the child represents young Prince Charles, the embodiment of the union of England and Scotland. Three women crown him: the woman in red personifies England; the woman in yellow represents Scotland; and the third is Minerva, goddess of wisdom and war. Above them two cherubs hold the coat-of-arms of the United Kingdom. description and image from ARTstor

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