Resources for History

ProQuest Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915

ProQuest’s History Vault gives access to millions of pages of cross-searchable, full-text/full-image documents including articles, correspondence, government records, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries and more.

We have a new subscription to the Plantation Records collection, a vital resource for those studying American history and slavery.

The Plantation Records document the far-reaching impact of plantations on both the American South and the nation as a whole. As business owners, the commodities produced by plantation owners—rice, cotton, sugar, tobacco, hemp, and others— accounted for more than half of America’s exports. The plantation, therefore, played a key role in the development of a nationwide market economy. Plantation records also document the personal lives of plantation owners and their families.

To access this resource: Go to Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915 in Database Search or Databases A-Z.

Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)

BBIH is a unique resource providing bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available – from 55BC to the present. It contains over 625,000 records, and is updated three times a year, usually in February, June and October. Collecting together this mass of data in one place provides a reliable picture of the state of research in any particular field. For anyone studying or researching British and Irish history, this is a crucial first port of call.

There are a wide range of search options including period covered, geographical coverage, and subject. As well as providing details of publications, links to the full text are provided where available. The database also includes features such as being able to access your search history, set up email alerts, and search for author and journal profiles.

To access the resource:
Go to Bibliography of British and Irish History in Database Search or Databases A-Z. From the login portal, click on ‘enter databases’ and then on Bibliography of British and Irish History.

When off-campus, this resource can only be accessed via the VPN. Instructions on how to install the LJMU VPN software can be found on the page Using your own computer, under the heading ‘Using a University PC from your own computer’.

Calling all EndNote users!

EndNote X9

EndNote users should be aware that EndNote Library files are not compatible with OneDrive and other cloud-based systems such as Dropbox, GoogleDrive, etc.  Cloud-based systems may cause errors to occur and corrupt EndNote files. Therefore we recommend that you save EndNote Library files locally to your personal device or continue to use the university’s M:Drive folder if you have access (as a temporary measure). 

A new version of EndNote (EndNote 20) will be released over the next few months, offering an exciting new look and increased functionality. Updated guidance about the changes and when they will happen will be circulated shortly.  Watch out for further developments!

Please contact the Library Helpdesk if you have any queries about EndNote or if you would like further support at:

Wiley Online Library Unavailable Off-campus

Wiley Online Library is currently unavailable off-campus via the normal authentication method. We are working with Wiley to get this issue resolved as quickly as possible.

While we are working to restore the traditional method for off-campus access, you can instead access Wiley via the LJMU VPN software. Instructions can be found on Using your own computer under the heading – Remote access to LJMU Desktop.

How do you feel about a future working in science?

New Scientist, in association with IPSEN, wants to find out how young people feel about a future working in science. Take part in their survey and help them learn how to inspire more young minds into careers in science and healthcare.

The innovation of tomorrow will be driven by the new generation of young minds.  But what do young people really think about science?  What do they like about science, what do they dislike, and what would put them off a career in science or healthcare?  Help us find out.

We want you to answer if you are aged 16-21. If you have children aged 7 to 15 please would you fill out the survey with them. We will be publishing the results in a forthcoming issue of New Scientist.”

The questionnaire takes up to 10 minutes to complete. It will close on the 2 April.  The information you give will only be used in aggregate and your views will be completely confidential in accordance with the UK Market Research Society’s Code of Conduct.  You can complete the survey here.