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HIST 3364: Modern Britain 1714-Present

Get started researching topics in the history of the Great Britain, 18th - 20th centuries


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Erin Owens
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This guide is intended to help you begin researching topics in the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth from the 16th through the 20th centuries.

This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this topic or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.

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An excellent way to find sources is to browse for books on the shelf in relevant topical areas.

Books on the history of Britain can be found on the fourth floor; depending on your period of focus, you might start in the following areas:

DA1 - DA995 - History of Great Britain

  • DA498 - DA503 - Britain 1714-1760
  • DA505 - DA522 - George III, 1760-1820
  • DA550 - DA565 - Victorian Era, 1837-1901
  • DA566 - DA592 - 20th century Britain 

To discover the call number ranges for broader, narrower, or different subjects, consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

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Search the Library Catalog

Search for books and other items in SamCat, the library catalog.


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Search with Subject Headings for Precise Results

Subject headings allow you to find books according to precisely defined topics.

Below are sample subjects. To browse for different, broader, or narrower subjects, go to the library catalog and click "Exact Search." Enter a term and click "subject" to browse a list of subjects.

You can start browsing for a broad subject like England, then look for more specific subjects, such as England History 18th century Crime.

Once you know some subject headings, you can also use them as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.

  • England History
  • ...books are under these headings are more specifically focused on the country of England only, rather than the United Kingdom (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) or the British Empire.

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