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History eresources

Start your Australian or world history research from home.

To access eresources from home, you need to be a Victorian resident with a current State Library card. To obtain a card, join the Library.


Informit History Collection
Search the full text of scholarly research articles about Australian history.

Informit Indexes
Search specialist indexes for references to information about Australian history. The Library owns many of the journals referenced in the indexes, so once you have found relevant details, you can order copies of articles from our online copy ordering service.


19th Century UK Periodicals
This resource is a major multi-part series which covers the events, lives, values and themes that shaped the 19th century world. It is mainly based on the repositories of the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of South Africa, the National Library of Australia, and many others.

Berg Fashion Library
This resource is a portal to content on world dress and fashion throughout history and provides access to the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, as well as eBooks, articles and images.

Discovery (National Archives UK)
This archive holds over 11 million British historical government and public records from the last 1,000 years. Currently over 5% of records can be downloaded in PDF format. Note: some files may need additional software to open.

Ebsco Historical Abstracts
Annotated bibliography of the history of the world, excluding the United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present. Includes abstracts and citations to academic journal articles, books and dissertations written from 1955 to the present. Includes history of education, women's history and military history.

Empire Online
This Adam Matthew resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of 'Empire' from the last five centuries, primarily relating to Britain.

The First World War
Drawn from archives from across the globe, these collections of primary sources cover propaganda, recruitment, and the lives and experiences of men and women during the First World War.

London Low Life
This database is a full-text searchable resource for street culture, social reform and the Victorian era underworld in London. It contains colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London. Some secondary resources, including interactive maps, are also included.

Oxford Reference Online Premium – History
Extensive collection of online encyclopaedias and dictionaries covering various periods of history.

More eresources

Multi-subject databases also contain millions of history articles. Many of these can be accessed from home.

Some of the Library's journal article and ebooks databases, and all of the Library's CD-ROMs, are only available from computers within the Library building. You can explore the subject menu which lists these. Many useful free websites are also included in this subject menu. 

Terms & conditions

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