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A library guide for History students

Introduction

A quick guide to using the Library for History students and links to some of our key resources. Anything else you'd like to see here, let me know!

We also have specialist guides covering some of the Basics of using the library; plus the full A-Z list of electronic resources too. 

Dictionaries

These are range of online dictionaries and reference works to which the Library subscribes. Some of them are not directly indexed in Summon. Hover over the link to find out more about each resource.

Audio-visual resources

These are a range of audio-visual resources to which the Library subscribes.They are not directly indexed in Summon. Hover over the link to find out more about each resource.

The following are open resources available that can be used for educational purposes. Ensure you acknowledge your sources.

Databases

These are a range of primary resources to which the Library subscribes. Many of them are not directly indexed in Summon. Hover over the link to find out more about each resource.

These are a range of bibliographic databases to which the Library subscribes. Not all are directly indexed in Summon. Hover over the title to find out more about each resource.

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Archives

The University Archive Service is housed in Heritage Quay, a space open to the public for nearly 60 hours per week.  You can visit our quarterly exhibition or hire the group space for conferences or events.  If you are interested in a career in heritage you might want to consider a work placement in the Archives, you can find out more about this here.

We collect archives across eight different themes.  Here’s a sample of our collections:

Education:  University of Huddersfield (1841-Present); Holly Bank; HU Student’s Union; National Adult School Union; West Yorkshire College of Health

Sport:  RFL Board; Player/Supporter Collections; Cricket Collections; Up and Under oral history collection

Arts:  Mikron Theatre Company; Lawrence Batley Theatre; Huddersfield Musical Theatre Company; Left Book Club

Music:  British Music Collection; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; Slaithwaite Brass Band; Goldberg Ensemble; Huddersfield Music Society; Incorporated Society of Musicians

Industry:  Hopkinsons; Holsets; Textile Fabrics of India

Women:  Ruby Ward, midwife; Noreen Logan, rights campaigner; Nursing Oral Histories

Politics:  Huddersfield, Colne Valley and Denby Dale Labour Party Collections; J H Whitley; J P W Mallalieu; Arthur Gardiner conscientious objector; Duncan Scott archive

Non-Conformity:  Wesley Historical Society (Yorkshire branch); Christadelphian and Unitarian personal libraries.

Many of our collections are now searchable online.   

For information or assistance with research, at undergraduate or postgraduate, contact the Archives team on Tel: 01484 473168 or Email:archives@hud.ac.uk

If you are searching for collections that are not held within the University of Huddersfield Archives, there are two portals you might try:

Discovery – This is the search engine for the National Archives.  The Google style search also incorporates a number of portals that were once searchable separately.  When your search results page comes up, on the left hand side you can filter results from the National Archives only or from other record offices.  You can also filter by date.

Archives Hub – This is a newer portal so may have more up to date collection results.  Again you can search by keyword, subject, name or date.  They also have useful subject guides that cover a range of collections from different archives.

If you are dealing with documents that were written many years ago you might like to polish your palaeography skills.  The University Archives offer a 2hr training session on Palaeography, ask for further details.  You can also practice online at this training site: Reading old handwriting 1500-1800

You might also be interested in our ‘Expert Researcher’ blog series.  This looks into the science of archive catalogues, what certain fields in a catalogue mean and how cataloguers fill them in, which might help you add an extra dimension to your research process.

For information or assistance with research, at undergraduate or postgraduate level, contact the Archives team on 01484 473168 or archives@hud.ac.uk

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Subject Guide

Government and Parliamentary sources

These are a range of governmental and parliamentary resources either to which the Library subscribes or which are freely available on the web. They are not directly indexed in Summon. Hover over the link to find out more about each resource.

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