Subject specific information: History

Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, an eBook in 6 volumes is now available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Explores European history from 1450-1789, from the print revolution to the French Revolution. Includes 1,150 articles written by eminent scholars covering major topics in art, government, and education as well as providing biographical entries on key figures of the period. Also covers topics specific to the era, such as apocalypticism, guilds, food riots, royal mistresses and lovers, the Spanish Inquisition, Utopia and others.

History - website of the Institute of Historical Research, a gateway to the British, European and world history sites

History Journals Guide - fulltext history journals with content pages

Internet Library of Early Journals - digital library of 18th and 19th century journals

  Web-site of the journal Internet-based, full-text version is available from institutional IP-addresses Authorization for subscribed journal is arranged automatically via M/e/o/s Minerva Electronic Online Services User ID and password is required for the Internet-based, full-text version
1. European Journal of English Studies      
2. Time Magazine      

Finding further journal articles on your topic

There will be occasions when you will wish to extend and update the references you have been given, for example when writing an essay or doing research.  The best way to find references in the periodical literature is to use indexing and abstracting services.

Some definitions

Are lists, usually in alphabetical order, enabling you to find information on a particular subject or by a particular author.  Most journals produce their 
own indexes.
Are summaries of a piece of work, usually in enough detail to allow you to decide if the original item is worth consulting. 
These articles critically examine work in a subject area, comparing the contributions of workers in that area.  They give a broad picture, useful in exploring a new subject.  They appear in special review publications: in Education, for example, there is a periodical: 
Review of educational research 
They may appear as articles in a periodical which also contains original work.  It is possible to find these using indexes and abstracts, or using the ‘limit’ function on CD ROMs. 

Many key resources are now available electronically as CD ROM or online services.

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The Anglo-Saxons

Historical Abstract - 1982-98, available at the University Library of ELTE

N.B. the above list does not include all the CD-ROMs and online services available in the SEAS Library - see the Library Web pages for a full list. If you have any queries please ask at the Issue desk.

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The Internet

One of the most popular Internet resources is the World Wide Web, which links millions of electronic pages of text, also graphics, sound and video.  A good introductory book is:

Winship I & McNab A (1996)  The student's guide to the Internet  London : Library Association Publishing

A text written specifically for Education is:

Myhill M (1994) The world at your fingertips : a guide to electronic information sources relevant in education  ? : LISE

BUBL LINK - History: Internet resources for education listed by the BUlletin Board for Libraries - Libraries of Networked Knowledge service

BUBL LINK - Political Science: Internet resources for education listed by the BUlletin Board for Libraries - Libraries of Networked Knowledge service

Information USA (in English only)

American Memory, presented by the Library of Congress, is a gateway of rich source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.

UNESCO Memory of the World

First link by the Australian Studies Programme, SEAS, ELTE

Second link by the Australian Studies Programme, SEAS, ELTE


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The Library has many books on research methods. These can be found using subject searching on HORIZON.  For example:

Bell J (1993) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education and social science.
Buckingham : Open University Press

Guidance on citing references:

MLA Handbook recommendations for references and the APA Publication manual both available at the SEAS Library.

If you are citing Internet references, guidance is available on the Web itself:

Cite them right!

APA Guidelines

BUBL page on bibliographies - the BUlletin Board for Libraries includes links to guides on citing Internet resources.

Local guide to writing essays and thesis papers, issued by the SEAS departments

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Theses at SEAS Library

Details of theses are on HORIZON.  A copy of all theses is held at the SEAS Library. 

Other theses

In Education, British Education Theses Index gives details of theses accepted for higher degrees at British and Irish Universities.  From 1950 to 1989 it is available on microfiche; from 1976 onwards it is included with the British Education Index which is available online.

Index to theses, published quarterly, lists theses by subject and contains an author index. Recent years have an abstract. 

Dissertation Abstracts, published monthly on microfiche, gives details of American and Canadian theses. Coverage between Jan. 1994-Dec. 1998 is available in the ELTE University Library.

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From within the SEAS Library access to the Web is free, and access to some online services is via password.  From a PC at home or work, with a Web browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape it should be possible to look at Web pages; some services are based on IP-addresses belonging to the University.

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Should you require instruction in using a CD ROM or online database, this can be booked at the SEAS Library,  which can be contacted at 411-6500/2352 ext.

There is a library e-mail address for queries:

And the Library Web pages are at:


The Computing Facilities within SEAS has a technical manager in Office E359, at Rákóczi út 5., his extension is 4302. 

The Computing Facilities Web pages are at:


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