History and Welsh History

History and Welsh History Resources

Explore the available resources by clicking through the tabs:

Printed Materials

Printed Materials

The main collection of printed material e.g. books, journals, reference and quick reference for History and Welsh History can be found in the Hugh Owen Library on Level F (top floor):

D History: General and Old World
E History: America
F The Americas: Local History
Z Printed bibliographies
Printed journals

Find the Celtic Collection in the Iris De Freitas Room on Level E, Hugh Owen Library:

CELT DA History of Wales
CELT E184 Welsh in the U.S.A.


Electronic Resources

Electronic Resources

Electronic resources for History and Welsh History can be found through Primo where you can discover individual resources or cross-search a number of them at once. Primo includes key resources such as citation databases, e-journals and e-books, selected websites, subject gateways, data and media resources, news, reference materials and library catalogues.

Key subject databases:

18th Century Parliamentary Papers (BOPCRIS)

19th Century Books from the British Library Collection (JISC)

19th Century British Library Newspapers

19th Century UK Periodicals

A vision of Britain through time

Archival Sound Recordings (British Library)

Archives Hub

ArticleFirst (OCLC)

BBC Listener Research Department

Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)

Bomb Sight

BOPCRIS - Ford Selections of British Parliamentary Papers 1801-1995

Burney Collection, The

Coflein (RCHAMW)

Connected Histories: British History Sources 1500-1900


Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Early English Books Online - EEBO (JISC)

Eighteenth Century Collections Online - ECCO (JISC)

English Short Title Catalogue (British Library)

Historic Digimap (EDINA)

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (ProQuest)

Institute of Historical Research (IHR)

International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)

JISC Content

JISC Historical Texts

JISC Manuscripts Online : written culture 1000 to 1500

John Johnson Collection


Keesing's World News Archive

Mass Observation Online (Adam Matthew Digital)

Media and the Memory in Wales

National Library of Wales

New York Times


NLW: Digital Mirror

OAIster (OCLC)

OCLC FirstSearch

Online Historical Population Reports (HistPop)

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford English Dictionary

People of Medieval Scotland 1093-1314

People's Collection Wales - Casgliad y Werin Cymru

Periodicals Archive Online (ProQuest)
ProQuest Ebook Central

PYMCA : Photographic Youth Music & Culture Archive

Queen Victoria's Journals


Welsh Newspapers Online / Papurau Newydd Cymru Ar-lein

WorldCat (OCLC)

WOS - Arts & Humanities Citation Index (WOK - Ver.3.0)


Find more databases and off-campus access advice

Information about each resource is available by clicking on the Show Info button next to it which includes essential information for accessing the resource off-campus.

Find a summary of browsing and searching in Primo here: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/infoskills/primo/

Information Skills

Information Skills

See our Information Skills for information on:

  • finding printed materials in the library
  • finding and evaluating electronic information
  • keeping up to date in your subject of study
  • effective study and bibliographic referencing
  • library induction and skills training

There are also useful online tutorials for your subject covering key online information skills - try the tutorial for Historians.



The University's collections contain a wide range of materials, including theses and past papers. You can find details of all our collections Collections

The following may be of particular interest to History and Welsh History students:

The Celtic Collection


Services for academic staff

Services for academic staff

Your subject librarian can provide skills training for students and staff, resource evaluation and more. For full details see Academic Staff

Get More Books

Get More Books


Need more books?  Tell us!

Everything put on a Reading List by your tutors is added to library stock.  If there is anything else you would like to add you can order it for the library using the More Books campaign.    

The Document Supply Service can be used by students and staff to source books, journal articles and other materials like dissertations and non-UK PhD theses.  For information on the full range of materials available, see the Document Supply Service pages.

Sometimes you may want to purchase books for yourself.  The University bookshop, situated in the Arts Centre can source books for all subjects and offers a student discount. 


Aspire Reading Lists is now the sole method by which teaching staff can order books and other materials for taught modules. For help in creating a reading list see the self-paced training materials or Aspire FAQs.  If you require one-to-one help, contact your subject librarian.  We're happy to visit you in your department to help you get started.

To ask the library to purchase material other than than reading list texts, use the purchase request form in Primo, or e-mail acqstaff@aber.ac.uk.  Each department holds a small fund for these purchases so you may need to check with your IS representative before making these purchases.