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Local History for Continuing Education: Home

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying Local History in the Department of Continuing Education, although students and researchers from other departments and any field may find it useful.

Who can use which resources?

Short course students

(including WOW, Weekly Class and short online courses)

Students enrolled on a Continuing Education short course which includes a written assignment can:

  • register to borrow books from the Continuing Education Library.
  • access electronic resources such as e-books, journal articles and databases from within the university network, for example in the Library or in the resources room at Ewert House. Weekly class students cannot access subscription e-resources from home, but there are many free online resources available.  (See the tabs below for information about subscription and free resources).

Undergraduate and postgraduate students

(including students enrolled on Certificate, Diploma and Masters courses)

Students enrolled on an undergraduate or postgraduate Continuing Education course can:

Finding books

Oxford has a wide range of books (including ebooks and print books) for Local History.  For more detailed information about finding books visit the Books tab on this guide.

Oxford Online Resources

Oxford subscribes to many scholarly databases. They can be used to locate journal articles, books, images, maps and more. Take a look at the 'Oxford's online resources' tab of this guide for more information.  A key database for Local History is:

Free Online Resources

There are many scholarly resources which are freely available on the web.  A key free web resource for Local History is listed below and more are available via the 'Free Online Resources' tab.

Archives and primary sources

The Archives and primary sources tab of this guide gives more information to help you find relevant archives and primary sources.



The Maps tab of this guide gives more information about finding online maps.

Rewley House Continuing Education Library

The Library

Contact info

Rewley House Continuing Education Library
Rewley House
1 Wellington Square

Tel.01865 270454


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Related guides

As the study of Local History involves various other disciplines, you may find the following guides useful:

Key Libraries

Here are some of the key libraries for Local History; a full list of libraries is on the Bodleian Libraries website: