Finding Articles in Journals or Magazines

Start out with

  • Bibliography of British and Irish history (BBIH)
    Type of Resource: Index, with abstracts; and with accessible full text for selected items
    Coverage: aims to be comprehensive for items published since 1900
    The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present. It is the successor to the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Type of Resource: Index, with abstracts; and with accessible full text for selected items
    Coverage: items published 1954 onwards
    Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present . Provides listings for journal articles, book articles, books, and dissertations. Covers more than 2,000 journals published throughout the world.
  • Note: Researchers who wish to be thorough should consult BOTH of the above resources.

Branching out in Your Research

Depending on the nature of your British history research, there is a wide range of additional resources that may be useful to you.

In order to assist you in branching out in your research, some of the core databases in various disciplinary areas are listed below. For help in identifying further resources, consult the appropriate Subject Guide.

  • America: History and Life
    Type of Resource:
    Index, with accessible full text for selected items
    Coverage: items published 1955 onwards, updated monthly
    Covers writings about the history and culture of United States and Canada from prehistory through the recent past. Provides listings for journal articles, book articles, book reviews, media reviews, and dissertations, along with brief summaries of journal and book articles. Also provides links to full text for selected journal articles.
  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature: ABELL
    Type of Resource:
    Index, with full text access to more than 135 journals
    Coverage: items published 1920 onwards
    For the areas of English literature, English language, and English philology, covers monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays, and doctoral dissertations published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards. All aspects and periods of English literature are covered, from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. British, American and Commonwealth writing are all represented. Coverage is international, including material in languages other than English.
  • Art Full Text
    Type of Resource:
    Index, with full-text for selected titles beginning 1997
    Coverage: items published 1984 onwards; updated monthly
    Indexes art periodicals in English and other Western European languages. Subjects covered include: archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, computer graphics, crafts, film, folk art, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, painting, photography, sculpture, television, textiles, and video.
  • ATLA Religion Database + ATLAS
    Type of Resource:
    Index, featuring full text for selected items
    Coverage: Religion Index 1 - Periodicals, 1949-present; Religion Index 2 - Multi-author works, 1960-present; Research in Ministry, 1981-present; Index to Book Reviews in Religion, 1949-present; Methodist Reviews Index, 1818-1985.
    An international index of religion and theology journals, festschriften, and essay collections, with some links to full-text articles.
  • Book Review Digest Plus
    Type of Resource:
    Index with excerpts; includes full text for many reviews
    Coverage: 1983 onwards
    Book Review Digest Plus brings together the data of Book Review Digest, which includes descriptive summaries of books as well as excerpts of book reviews, with all the book review citations and full text of book reviews from eleven other H. W. Wilson indexes.
  • British Humanities Index: BHI
    Type of Resource:
    Index with abstracts
    Coverage: items published 1962 onwards
    An international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities, BHI indexes over 320 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK. Topics include architecture, archaeology, art, antiques, education, economics, foreign affairs, environment, cinema, current affairs, gender studies, history, language, law, linguistics, literature, music, painting, philosophy, poetry, political science, religion, and theatre.
  • Humanities Full Text
    Type of Resource:
    Index, with full text for selected titles beginning 1995
    Coverage: items published 1984 onwards; updated monthly
    Provides listings, brief summaries, and in some cases full text, of articles in a wide variety of humanities fields, including: Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Religion and Theology.  Types of articles covered include: feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama, and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs, and more.
  • International Film Archive
    Type of Resource:
    Coverage: International Index to Film: 1972 - present. International Index to TV: 1979 - present.
    International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF): Holdings of Archives, List of Members, and Bibliography of Publications. Bibliography of Latin American Cinema
  • MLA International Bibliography
    Type of Resource:
    Index, with e-Link full-text access for selected articles
    Coverage: items published 1963 onwards; updated 9 times a year
    For the areas of literature, linguistics, language, and folklore, provides international listings of journal articles, book articles, books, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies.
  • The Music Index
    Type of Resource:
    Coverage: items published 1979 onwards
    Covers topics in "every aspect of classical and popular" music as reflected in more than 670 international music periodicals.
  • Periodicals Archive Online
    Type of Resource:
    Full text
    Coverage: items published 1665 to 2000
    Archive of hundreds of digitised journals published in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and areas of general popular interest. Each periodical is covered back to its first issue, regardless of when it began publication. International in scope, Periodicals Archive Online covers periodicals in a number of Western languages.
  • Social Sciences Full Text
    Type of Resource:
    Index with abstracts; full text for selected titles 1995 onwards
    Coverage: items published 1980 onwards
    Provides listings of, or access to, articles from a wide range of social sciences journals. Subjects covered include: "Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Global Studies, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, International Relations, Law, Minority Studies, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies."
  • The TLS Historical Archive, 1902-2005
    Type of Resource:
    Full text and full page image
    Coverage: items published 1902-2005
    A fully searchable resource containing every page of the Times Literary Supplement from 1902 to 2005.NOTE: for listings of articles appearing in TLS subsequent to 2005, see Humanities Full Text.
  • Victorian Database Online
    Type of Resource:
    Coverage: 1945-2004
    Searches over 100,000 records listing books, articles, and dissertation abstracts published from 1945 to the present on every field of nineteenth-century British studies.