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Library Guides

History: Further help

Library basics

For more information about using our libraries, finding and borrowing books or logging on to the computers, have a look at our Getting Started in the Library guide.


History students should use the footnote style of referencing which is specified in the Blue Book.

Using other libraries

Inter-library loans

If a book or journal article is not available in our libraries, you can place an inter-library loan (ILL) request using Library Search in order to borrow it from an external library. See our Inter-Library Loans guide for further information.


It is often possible to visit other university libraries by joining the SCONUL Access Scheme. Some libraries do not allow access to undergraduates and taught postgraduates so it's important to check your eligibility on the SCONUL Access website.

The British Library

The British Library is the national research library of the United Kingdom and contains some of the best collections in the world, including over 45,000 electronic journals and 800 electronic databases. Both print and digital resources are accessed in the British Library Reading Rooms.

To access the British Library, you will need to demonstrate that there are particular items you need to consult that you cannot easily access elsewhere. Check their how to join web page for further information.