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History: Getting started


Welcome to the guide for History. This guide will help you to discover the books, journals and other resources that you will need for your studies. Use the tabs above to discover more about how to find different types of resources.

To find out the latest information on our Library Services, please visit our dedicated Library Guide to Library and Archive Services. 


Library Search is the main way to search for resources provided by the University of Westminster.

Use the search box below to look up print and electronic resources in Library Search, or go directly to the Library Search homepage.

Find Your Library

All courses in the School of Humanities are supported at Cavendish Library. Find us on the third floor of the Cavendish building.

What do I need to use the Library?

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You will need your University ID card for:

  • Entrance to all University buildings
  • Printing & photocopying
  • Borrowing library books, DVDs and laptops.
  • Your IT username is w + first seven digits of student ID​.


Getting started with your reading list

What's a reading list?

To help you get the most out of your learning, your lecturers will provide you with a reading list for each module. Your list may contain different types of sources, such as books, articles, podcasts, videos and websites. You will use your reading list to prepare for each week of your modules and to find sources for your exams and assignments.

Where will I find my reading list?

The best place to find your reading list is on Blackboard. Each of your modules will have a Blackboard site. Look for the "Reading List" link in the left hand menu to link to your online reading list. You can also find your online reading list at If your module does not have an online reading list, ask your lecturer.

What should I do if I cannot access items on my reading list?

  • Ask a member of Library staff at your home library information desk.
  • Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian.
  • Let your Lecturer know that you are having difficulty accessing items on the list.

Academic Engagement Librarian

Cavendish Library
University of Westminster
115 New Cavendish Street