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History Subject Guide

Learn about key library resources for studying history

Getting the books you need

Library Search allows you to search all our print and the majority of our online books. It will show you if the book is currently available and how you can access the title. If you would like to recommend a new title or additional copies of an existing book, use our More Books service for students.

Our online books are supplied by a wide range of publishers, and sometimes it is useful to search within particular collections, some of which are listed below.  Further collections are listed in the A-Z list of Eresources - filter the list to 'Resource type' = E-book.  All our online books can be read wherever you have internet access.  Many can also be downloaded for offline reading.

History E-books, a selection added Sept 2020 to March 2021

Hover over the book cover to see the title/author details and select to view in Library Search, then sign in to view availability and location of print texts and if available as an e-book, access the full text.

eBook Collections

Online Reference works

Historical Texts

  • Search this resource directly, as none of the titles included in this collection are listed in the Library Search service
  • This is a vast collection of early printed books, which have been digitised from originals held in specialist Libraries
  • Many literary texts are included, ranging from Chaucer to Thackeray
  • Complete books can be downloaded as PDF files

Brechin Collection

This collection of c10,000 books and manuscripts has been on permanent loan to the University of Dundee from the Episcopal Diocese of Brechin since 1961, and consists largely of theological books, some of great bibliographic interest. All items in the collection are held in Archive Services.

The collection ranges from very early printed works (incunabula) to recent publications and can be searched using Library Search.

Check out the Brechin Blog and Brechin Collection Instagram for more information on the collection. 

historical book from the Brechin CollectionHistorical books from the Brechin Collection