History eBooks

Access to eBooks
Electronic books are listed in SOLO. Links to the online version are embedded in the record.

 Scholarly monographs | Early printed books | Free ebooks on the web

What can I use eBooks for?

• As an alternative to print with 24/7 remote access to content;
• As a source of information with full-text searching.
• To find quotes and search footnotes;
• To “borrow” more books than your library account will allow you.

Scholarly monographs

ebrary Academic Complete provides access to over 84,000 extra e-books. The books come from 500 prestigious academic publishers and range across all disciplines. The books are all displayed and searchable on SOLO or in OxLIP+ as Ebrary Academic Complete. The ebooks are mounted on the ProQuest platform with multiuser access and and University members also can download ebooks for a 14-day onto mobile devices. The package will be updated regularly. Our subscription runs until August 2015.

History titles include books on all historical periods, covering British and European history with much content on global history. All topics are more or less covered.

Publishers include OUP, various US academic presses (e.g. Yale, Princeton, Harvard), Brill, Boydell, etc.

ACLS Humanities eBooks The resource contains a collection of over 1,700 full-text scholarly monographs in largely history encompassing the history of Britain, Europe, America, Africa and Asia, but also a small collection of history of science and women's studies. It contains both in-print and out-of-print books published between 1900 and c 2004. The books are fully seachable and link to book reviews published in JSTOR journals and H-Net.

The title list includes many core titles such as:

Kingship and Unity: Scotland, 1000-1306 / Barrow (1981)

English Society in the Later Middle Ages, 1348-1500 / Keen (1990)

Early Medieval Italy: Central Power and Local Society, 400-1000 / Wickham (1981)

Old World and the New, 1492-1650 / Elliott (1992)

Causes of the English Revolution, 1529-1642 / Stone (1996)

Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality / Hobsbawm (1992)

Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France 1870-1914 / Weber (1976)

Historians and Historiography in the Italian Renaissance / Cochrane (1981) 

EBSCO Some 140 History books are now available. The titles include:

English Historical Documents: 1042-1189 (1981)

History and Memory in the Carolingian World / McKitterick (2004)

Henry VIII and the English Reformation / Newcombe (1995)

Power and Stability: British Foreign Policy, 1865-1965 / Goldstein (2003)

New Labour, Old Labour: The Wilson and Callaghan Governments, 1974-79 / Seldon (2004)

Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment / Vorenberg (2001)  

E-Book Library, The (EBL) A growing collection of ebooks from major academic publishers worldwide in humanities, science and medicine and social studies, including titles from Taylor and Francis, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, deGruyterr, Springer, World Scientific and others. Titles include:

Argentina: A Modern History / Hedges (2011)

Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World / Greenblatt (2010)

The Age of Edward III / Bothwell (2001)

The Fiscal-Military State in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Essays in Honour of PGM Dickson / Storrs (2009)

1938: Hitler's Gamble / Macdonogh (2009)

Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) Contains subject-based collections of OUP monographs. Includes useful titles on British, American and European history, church history, political history and history of philosopy/history of ideas. 

» List of OSO History titles. Sample titles:

Divided Kingdom, Ireland 1630-1800 / Connolly (2008)

The Personal Correspondence of Hildegard of Bingen / Baird (ed.) (2006 )

Scottish Puritanism, 1590-1638 / Mullan (2000)

Richard II: Manhood, Youth and Politics 1377-99 / Fletcher (2008)

The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity 1210-1685 / Gaukroger (2006)

Blackwell Reference Online Includes 20+ History titles from the Companion series. E.g.

A Companion to 18th century Britain (2002)

A Companion to Western Historical Thought (2006)

A Companion to post-45 America (2006)

Cambridge Collections Online (CCO) Contains subject / theme-based collections of content as well as the Cambridge Companions Series. Sample titles:

The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith

The Cambridge Companion to Foucault

Cambridge Histories Online (CHO) A digital collection of 250+ titles published as part of the Cambridge Histories series. The collection presents an authoritative reference compendium for histories of many countries (e.g. Britain, Europe, US, Middle East, Far East, Latin America). Sample titles:

The New Cambridge Medieval History (1995-2005)

The Cambridge History of Science (2002-6)

Past Masters Contains a vast collection of texts by authors, philosophers, thinkers, etc.. E.g.

Darwin's Works

Gladstone's Diaries

Hobbes' Correspondence

Marx and Engels' Collected Works

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Early printed books

Early English Books Online (EEBO) From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection of early printed books contains over 96,000 images of titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised edition.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Capturing the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800, this is a comprehensive digital edition of The Eighteenth Century. Nearly 150,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, are made available online.

Making of the Modern World, 1450-1850 Digital collection of 61,000 works of literature on economic and business published from 1450 through 1850. Full-text searching on more than 12 million pages provides researchers unparalleled access to this vast collection of material on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport.

Early American Imprints, Evans: 1639-1800 Collection of early printed American imprints (1639-1800), compiled originally in the American Bibliography by Charles Evans and enhanced by Roger Bristol’s Supplement to Charles Evan’s American Bibliography. The collection of 37,000+ imprints embraces every aspect of life in 17th and 18th century America (history, literary, religion, witchcraft, agriculture, foreign affairs, temperance, etc.). The type of material included is very wide-ranging. In addition to printed books, pamphlets and broadsides, the collection also covers anything from advertisements to chapbooks, diaries to gazetteers, and hymnals to wills.

Gallica (Bibliothèque nationale de France) A growing digital library which gives access to a vast collection of digitised texts and images covering the periods from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century. Subjects covered include philosophy, law, economics and politics as well as history and literature. The website provides chronologies of the periods alongside thematic pages with links to related works. The website and most of the texts are in French, but there is also a selection of texts in other languages.

Digitale Bibliothek (Bayerische StaatsBibliothek) Online library of digitised manuscripts, printed sources, books, broadsides and maps. Also includes some local historical sources for the early modern period and Zedler’s Grosses vollständiges Universal-Lexicon der Wissenschafften und Künste (1732-1754).

Göttinger Digitalisierungszentrum (GDZ) A digital library of 100+ early printed books, esp. on history of science and medicine.

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eBooks free on the web

Google Books Good for 19th century books; full-text not always available for more recent titles.

Internet Archive Good content though again not comprehensive.

Gutenberg Project

Oxford Text Archive (OTA)

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts Includes some of the classics on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.

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