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History: Books, Theses & Dissertations

E-book providers for History

We receive our e-books from a range of providers. The following are strong on coverage of historical literature and can be searched individually: 

ebook collections

Key locations

  • History books are shelved - call numbers D-DY and F, on Level 4 of the Hartley Library, and E on level 1.
  • Books covering economic and social history are often found on in the Social Sciences area on Level 3 of the Hartley Library.
  • We use the Library of Congress classification scheme. Key locations for titles of interest to History students are listed here.
Call Number     Subject     
D World History; History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia
E America, United States
F United States local history, Canada, Central & South America

Call Numbers Explained

When you enter the details of the item that you want on the library catalogue, it will display a call number or code that tells you where the item is shelved.

The call number will usually look something like this example:

DA 415 GAR 

The combinations of letters and numbers gives a location based on the subject content of the item. The items are arranged on the shelves using the call numbers.

The library floor plan will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored.

Reference

The Library has many dictionaries and encyclopaedias, including biographical dictionaries, subject dictionaries and specialist encyclopaedias. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Literary Sources provides access to 8 different literature databases including more than 1,5 million critiques, poems, plays, dramas, biographies, articles and quotations. With a series of databases, it supports scholars researching the Western Literature. It includes:

A user guide can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqg9Q3lREOQ

Cambridge Companions Online

Oxford Handbooks

Theses and Dissertations

University of Southampton PhD/ MPhil theses

University of Southampton Undergraduate / Masters dissertations

  • a limited number of undergraduate dissertations are held on Blackboard under the Research Project module code
  • for Masters and further examples of undergraduate dissertations students should ask enquire at the Faculty Office or discuss with their supervisor

Using other University libraries

SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme, The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.

You can sign up for the scheme on the SCONUL website.

Finding Books in Other Libraries