History library subject guide , Aratohu kaupapa mō te hītori

Learn where to start your research in history.

Article databases

Search these databases for the articles and newspapers you need in your study or research.


Searches multiple  journal article databases simultaneously. Includes Historical Abstracts; Index New Zealand; Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus; Digital NZ, and Academic Search Premier.

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Full-text back issues of arts and sciences journal articles, with the most recent 2 - 5 years embargoed.

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Google Scholar

Provides access to peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles.

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Historical Abstracts

Primary source for world history from the 15th century. Excludes United States and Canadian history.

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Academic Search Premier

Multidisciplinary, international database with a good coverage of history. Much full text.

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Index New Zealand

A multidisciplinary database that continues a previous print title Index to New Zealand Periodicals, which covered 1966 - 1986.

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Multidisciplinary, international database.

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Terms and conditions for library online resources

Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Newspaper collections

Niupepa: Māori newspapers
Māori newspapers from 1842–1932.

Papers Past: Newspapers
Historic New Zealand newspapers.

The Illustrated London News - New Zealand content 1842 - 1902

The Times Digital Archive
Full-text and full-image articles from The Times of London 1785 - 2014. About this resource

Trove. Digitised newspapers and more
Historic Australian newspapers from the 1800s to mid 1950s. About this resource

To find specific newspaper titles (online, in print, or on microfilm/microfiche) search for the newspaper title in Discover.

Books and texts

Find books, ebooks and historical texts.

New Zealand and Māori books and texts

Papers Past
New Zealand historical primary resources including newspapers, magazines & journals; letters & diaries; plus some Parliamentary papers.

Treaty of Waitangi Collection
eBook collection from the publisher Bridget Williams Books.

Māori Land Court Minute Books
Use the Māori Land Court Minute Books Index to search for content.

Taonga Database
A collection of rare publications, including Elsdon Best's publications and bibliography on Māori history and lore.

Early New Zealand Books
Books about New Zealand written in the nineteenth century.

New Zealand Electronic Text Collection
Historic New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials.

New Zealand Official Yearbooks
The annual yearbooks include a wide range of information about New Zealand. First published in 1893.

International books and texts

Searchable transcriptions of over 2200 texts from Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).

EEBO (Early English Books Online)
Early books written in English, and some other languages. Includes reproductions of the original versions of books written between 1473-1700. Subjects include English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, religion, politics & government. About this resource

Google Books
A huge range of part- and full-view online books. Useful for identifying material to request from the Library, if not available in full view.

Video and images

Find images and history documentaries.

Digital NZ
Digitised New Zealand material including aerial photos, posters, newspapers, artwork, research papers and more.

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Background information

Find background articles and concepts.

NZ History
Covers themes such as culture and society, politics and government, and war and society.

Oxford Reference Online Premium: History
A collection of dictionaries and encyclopaedias with good coverage of military history, politics and history. Includes illustrations and maps.

Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Includes the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

Concepts and definitions

Historical Dictionary of New Zealand
Includes a chronology, topic entries, and biographies.

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Related subject guides


Learn where to start your research in Māori.

New Zealand Government

This guide provides access to New Zealand government, legislative and parliamentary resources.

New Zealand Statistics

This guide covers general New Zealand statistics from a wide range of sources from the 1840s to the present.

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