Building bibliographies

The contents of academic journals can now best be uncovered using  the following three resources:

Royal Historical Society Bibliography: this should be the first port of call for all historians researching any subject. It contains both articles, books, Ph.D. theses and chapters in books.


The Web of Science. Access this from the Robinson Library Catalogue


Historical Abstracts Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada) You should read the helpsheet. The Robinson library helpsheet is available here. This database indexes over 2,000 periodicals published since 1954 covering the subject field of history, from 1450 to the present.


A very good place to look for books on-line is the combined University Library catalogue, COPAC. This is being continually expanded. 


An important and growing local resource are the Robinson Library Online Electronic Journals

Once you have found a reference, the quickest way to build a bibliography is to open a word processing package like Word, or a text editor like Notepad, and simply copy and paste material from the Web page or online catalogue straight into an open text or word document.

You can find out the WWW address of virtually any UK Higher Education library by using this sensitive map of all Higher Education Instutitions


Cambridge, Oxford or the British Library are obvious places to start.