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British Studies: Overview

A guide to resources for Great Britain (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales).


This subject guide provides selected resources for Great Britain (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), with a focus on history, literature, culture, and politics.  Resources include:

Henry VIIIEncyclopedias

General, period, geographical, and subject-specific encyclopedias

Reference Sources

Biographical and statistical sources, subject-specific dictionaries, and bibliographies

Secondary Sources

Articles, books, journals, and websites

Primary Sources

Digitized and print publications, manuscripts, state papers, court records, and maps 

Special Collections

Rare book collections relating to British studies, located on the 4th Floor of the Library

Research Help

Citation information, tutorials, RAP sessions, and chat reference


Photo citation: Henry VIII by Joos van Cleeve, The Royal Collection,



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