British History Online
(Includes Calendars of State Papers)
Statutes of the Realm, 1235-1713 (in Hein Online, English Reports Full Reprint)
MEMSO Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online
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Find Subject Headings related to your topic that include words such as "-diaries" or "-personal narratives"
Parish registers: Look in online catalog under:
REGISTERS OF BIRTHS, ETC. -- COUNTY, ENGLAND
Local record society publications: in catalog under:
COUNTY NAME, ENGLAND--HISTORY (e.g., Essex, England--History)
Use SOURCES as sub-heading, eg:
Great Britain -- History – Civil War, 1642-1649 -- Sources
Use DIARIES as a sub-heading or keyword (or see Matthews, British Diaries, in Reference)
Other useful keywords: Papers, correspondence, biography, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps,
Examples of Primary Sources in Perkins Library:
Record Society Publications, including the Camden Series, the Harleian Society and the County Records Societies These are all indexed now in the RHS Bibliography of British and Irish History.
English Historical Documents. Perkins/Bostock Library | Stacks | DA26 .E555 1953
v. 1 c.500-1042 -- v. 2. 1042-1189 . -- v. 3. 1189-1327. -- v. 4. 1327-1485 . -- v. 5 1485-1558 -- v. 8. 1660-1714. -- v. 9. American colonial documents to 1776 . -- v. 10. 1714-1783 -- v. 11. 1783-1832 -- v. 12. pt. 1. 1833-1874 . pt. 2. 1874-1914 . (v. 6 1588-1603 and v. 7. 1603-1660 were never published).
Calendars of State Papers Domestic and Foreign: Check the online catalog under State Papers and the reign or country, e.g., State Papers and Henry VIII. Many of the State Papers are now available full text at British History Online.
Victoria History of the Counties of England. Look in the online catalog for specific counties (most are in DA670) Also available full text online in British History Online
See also: the Rubenstein Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library which has extensive holdings in British History