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History

Welcome!

Welcome to our History Popular Topic -- your guide to the depth and breadth of what's on offer on this subject at your library. We've written this page both as a guide to finding history material at the library and online (especially check out the New Zealand and world history websites we've highlighted below!), and also to offer you opportunities for browsing our history collection online. Enjoy!

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Our picks of the new books

Every month our librarians choose their picks of the new history books. Have a look at the Libraries' history recent picks for interesting new titles every month.

Here are our latest picks:

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Shelf help

Subject: Dewey Number:
Archeology and digging up the past 913
History of the Ancient World 930
History of Europe, World Wars 940
History of Asia and the Far East 950
History of Africa 960
History of North America 970
History of South America 980
History of the Pacific and other regions 990
New Zealand History 993.1
Women's history 305.4

Tip:

Don't forget to look at the large books for illustrations and photographs, as well as looking in the normal Dewey sequence.

Online databases & articles

We have a great range of online history resources, including reference sources, journals, magazines and much more.

Our online history resources can be found at mygateway.info. Check out our History portal page for databases such as History Resource Center and the Discovering Collection.

The following are just a few of the history journals and magazines available online (in full-text) through our databases. If you are viewing this page outside a library, please login here first, then the links below will work for you.

For more listings see Masterfile Premier in mygateway.info magazines

Magazines in print

Lending history magazines are shelved in the Art, Music & Literature Magazine collection on the first floor of the Central Library, and in the branches on the magazine stands.

Here are links into the catalogue for just a few of our most popular history magazines:

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Reference Collection

The Central Library has an excellent reference collection (for in-library reference only) containing Atlases, Yearbooks and Fact books, great for statistical information and the history of countries. This collection is housed on the 2nd floor of the library.

New Zealand Reference Material:

The 2nd floor of the Central Library houses several different collections which contain a wealth of information about New Zealand's history. The NZ Reference Collection (NZCOLL) contains at least one copy of most of the books published in New Zealand over the past 100 years. It also contains a large number of unpublished reports as well as many smaller publications which were often only for sale in a specific region for a short period of time (e.g. school and parish jubilee histories).

Alongside this collection are the AJHR's (Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives) which give an insight into the "official" history of the State back to the 1860s as well as many other government publications such as the New Zealand Gazette (also available as a searchable database) and New Zealand Parliamentary Debates (i.e. "Hansard").

There are also two separate collections which are kept behind the reference desk on the 2nd floor - the "NZ Stack" and "Rare" collections. These contain books which because of their rarity or fragility must be kept in special conditions but most are available to view under supervision and all are listed in the library's on-line catalogue.

Websites

New Zealand History Online

Overseas History Online

  • Spartacus Educational
    Mini-encyclopedias on historical subjects, designed for British school-children.
  • Best of History Web Sites
    An award-winning American portal created for history teachers, students, and general history enthusiasts.
  • Historical Text Archive
    A small collection of historical e-books.
  • HyperHistory Online
    An expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps.

Wellington's Museums

Wellington's Archives

New Zealand Theses

Contact us

This page is written and maintained by library staff. Our aim is to keep you informed about history resources at the library and to highlight parts of the collection which may interest you. We'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can email us with any feedback.

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