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Research Guides

History : Britain & Ireland: Primary Sources: UK by Type

A research guide to primary and secondary sources for British and Irish history.

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Major Institutional Collections

These major university libraries and national libraries and archives host important digital collections covering the history and culture of Great Britain.

Digital Book Collections

For books available within the libraries, see search UW Libraries Search using the strategies shown on the Books as Primary Sources page.

Collections of Reprinted Primary Sources

News and Magazines

To find additional freely available digitized historic newspapers see ICON: International Coalition on Newspapers. For contemporary newspaper coverage (roughly since 1990) see the e-Newspapers guide.