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History - British: Background Information

A general guide for researching British history

Reference Books

Search the content of all electronic and print reference books

Reference Universe

Searches the content of reference resources owned by UK Libraries, both electronic and print titles, linking you to the pages that contain your search terms in the electronic versions and to the location of the print title in the paper collection while also providing page references.

Search Tips for Finding Reference Books

To find reference books at UK Libraries search using InfoKat Discovery.

Try starting with a keyword search

  1. Enter words that describe your topic (names, places, events, etc.) and the type of work.
  2. When you find a book on your topic, examine its subject headings for relevance to your topic.
  3. Click on a hyperlinked subject heading to perform subject heading search and retrieve related books.

Example keyword searches (Once you get your list of results, filter the list to resource type: books.): 

  • Great Britain history reference
  • Great Britain social history encyclopedia
  • Great Britain history military encyclopedia
  • Great Britain World War 1 historiography

You can also try performing a subject heading search in InfoKat Discovery, if you know a Library of Congress subject heading such as:

  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Historiography
  • Great Britain -- History -- Encyclopedias
  • Queens -- Great Britain -- Biography​

Once you get a list of results, you may want to select the Resource Type --> Books to further filter the list (left hand side of the page).