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HIST 3363: Britain to 1714

Get started researching topics in British history before the 18th century.


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Kristina Claunch
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This guide is intended to help you begin research on topics in the history of Britain before 1714.

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.


You may also be interested in consulting our more general research guide on Medieval Europe:

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Subject Headings

Subject headings allow you to find books according to broader and narrower 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."

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

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

Browse the Collection

An excellent way to discover additional resources is to browse for books in relevant call number ranges. Books on British history will generally be located on the 4th floor in the following call number ranges:

  • DA20 - DA690 - England
    • DA129 - DA260 - Early and medieval to 1485
    • DA140 - DA199 - Celts. Romans. Saxons. Danes. Normans
    • DA200 - DA260 - 1154-1485. Angevins. Plantagenets. Lancaster-York
    • DA300 - DA592 - Modern, 1485
    • DA310 - DA360 - Tudors, 1485-1603
    • DA350 - DA360 - Elizabeth I, 1558-1603. Elizabethan age
    • DA385 - DA398 - Early Stuarts, 1603-1642
    • DA400 - DA429 - Civil War and Commonwealth, 1642-1660
    • DA430 - DA463 - Later Stuarts

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

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