Please ask a reference librarian for assistance at any time. We will be glad to help!
Use reference sources for background information, broad overviews and summaries. The reference collection includes general and subject dictionaries and encyclopedias, biographies, directories, almanacs, atlases, etc. Many also contain bibliographies for further research. Reference books cannot be checked out from the library but may be photocopied.
City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London. HQ18 G7 G38 2007.
Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture. Ref PR461.C597 1999
Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Romantic Novelists, 1789-1832. Vol. 116. Ref P861.B74 1992
Dictionary of Literary Biography: Victorian Novelists Before 1885. Vol. 21. Ref PR875.V55 1983 - DICKENS
Dictionary of Literary Biography: Victorian Poets Before 1850. Vol. 32. Ref PR591.V53 1984
Elements of Style. Ref NA2850.E44 1991 (pictures of Regency interiors)
Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment. Ref B802.48 1996
Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000. Ref HN373.E63 2001 v. 1 - 5
Encyclopedia of Kitchen History. Ref TX653.S57 2004
Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850. Ref NX452.5.R64.E53 2003 v.1 & 2.
Enyclopedia of the Victorian Era. Ref DA550.E527 2004 v. 1-4
"Governesses" in Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture. Ref PR461.C597, pp. 70, 203.
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life: A Tour through History from Ancient Times to the Present. Ref GT31.G74 2004. Vol. 4: 17th and 18th centuries, Vol. 5: 19th century.
Novels for Students. Ref PN3385.N68 1997 v. 1 -- (more than 20 volumes: period, historical setting. For example: Charles Dickens)
The Victorians at War 1815 - 1914: An Encyclopedia of British Military History. Ref DA68.R38 2004
Use the library catalog to find materials in the library. This will show you all the books and audiovisual materials both LPC Library and Chabot library own. You can search for a book or video by the author, title, subject, or keyword. A subject search allows you to find books about a topic or a person. In power search you may also LIMIT your search in many ways, for instance by type, "DVD" or type, "video" to find only DVDs or videos. Many of the titles below are on reserve at the circulation desk.
Other useful library catalog keyword search terms:
Use these variations for the above keywords: 18th and eighteenth, or England, Great Britain, Britain, British, and English
A short list of books on the subjects above follow. Be sure to search the catalog, not all of the books LPC owns on the subjects above are on this list. New books are often added to the Library.
The 18th Century, 1701-1800. REF D286 G74 2003.
Age of Enlightenment. CB411.G3 (p. 65, 11, 117, 118, 133)
Age of Napoleon. DC201 C64 2004
Age of Reason. CB411.N5
An Elegant Art: Fashion and Fantasy in the Eighteenth Century. GT585.L64
Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815-1830. D383.J64 1991 ("Fresh Air and Drowsy Syrups.", "Honorable Gentlemen and Weaker Vessels", George IV, rise of interior decoration, fashions, battles of the sexes, Jane Austen, marriage law, divorce)
Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Jane Austen. PR4037 J28 2004
British Country House in the Eighteenth Century. HT65.G7.C47 2000
British Food: An Extraordinary Thousand Years of History. TX717.S754 2003
“British Gambling, 1750-1914.” The History of Gambling: Roll the Bones. HV6710 S38 2006.
The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. REF B802 C24 2006.
The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine. R131.C232 1996
Capability Brown and the Eighteenth Century English Landscape. SB470.B7.T87 (pp. 68, 87, 137)
Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life. HQ792.F7.A73
Charles Darwin. QH31.D2.C46
Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life of John Snow. RA649.5 .S66 S647 2003
Common Man through the Centuries: A Book of Costume Drawings. GT720.B37
Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain. DA480 C58 2002. (excellent chapter topics-manufacturing and commerce, laboring poor, women and family, crime and punishment, the Royal Navy - on Reserve)
Complete History of Costume & Fashion from Ancient Egypt to the Present Day. GT511 C668 2001
Concise History of Western Music. ML160 G823 2006
Constable: The Painter and His Landscape. ND497.C7.R67
Daily Life in 18th Century England. DA485.O47 1999. (on Reserve)
Dark Angel: Aspects of Victorian Sexuality. HQ18.G7.H37
Eighteenth-Century Popular Culture. DA485.E43 2000
Elizabeth Bennet. Bloom’s Major Literary Characters. PR4034.P72 E45 2004
England in the Age of Hogarth. DA 485 J37
England in Transition. DA485.G4 1965
English Men and Manners in the 18th Century. DA485.T75
English: A Social History, 1066-1945. DA110.H48 1987 (toothache - p.441, student university schedule - p.459, Masters and workers - p.466, on Reserve)
Europe in the Eighteenth Century. D286 A5 1976
Europe in the Eighteenth Century, 1713-1783. D286.A5 1976.
Fabric of Society: A Century of People and their Clothes, 1770-1870. GT736.T69 1983.
Family & Friends in Eighteenth-Century England: Household, Kinship, and Patronage. DA485.T24 2001
Fashion in Costume 1200-1900. GT511.N86 1984
Fashion in the French Revolution. GT867.R53 1988
Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century. GT580.F37 2002. (beautiful illustrations, short but good text)
First Four Georges. DA480.P55 2000
Food Culture in Great Britain. TX717.M387 2004
Friends of the Family: The English Home and Its Guardians, 1850-1940. HQ615.B45 1998
George III. DA506.A2.H53 1998
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic -- And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World. RC133.G6 J64 2006
Girls Growing Up In Late Victorian and Edwardian England. HQ798.D85
Governesses: A History of Their Own: Women in Europe. HQ1587 A53 1988 v.2.
Governesses: Our Mothers. DA533.B62 1969. (Chabot)
Governesses: The Unnatural History of the Nanny. HQ769.G29 1973 (Chabot)
A History of Fashion and Costume: The Eighteenth Century. REF GT585 R66 2005.
A History of Fashion and Costume: The Nineteenth Century. REF GT595 S74 2005.
History of Gardens and Gardening. SB451.H9
History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present. HQ1587 .A53 1988 v.2 (p. 122)
Houses of Hanover and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. DA480.C56 2000 (p.38, 40, 47)
Idea of Poverty: England in the Early Industrial Age. HV4086.A3.H55 1983.
Industrial Revolution. HC254.5.T73.
Industrial Revolution in the Eighteenth Century. HC254.5.M33.
Industry and Empire: From 1750 to the Present Day. HC253.H57 1969.
Ingenious Women from Tincture of Saffron to Flying Machines. HQ1397.J34 2003.
Isaac Cruikshank and the Politics of Parody: Watercolors in the Huntington Collection. NC1479.C94.A4 1994
Jane Austen: A Life. PR4036.T66 1997
Jane Austen and Her World. PR4036.L38 1975
Jane Austen's Emma . Modern Critical Interpretations. PR4034 .E53 J36 1987
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Bloom’s Guides. PR4034 .P72 J365 2004
Jane Austen's World : The Life and Times of England's Most Popular Author. PR4038.E46.L37 1996B (on Reserve)
Jane Austen: A Companion. PR4038.E46.R67 2003
Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft. PR5841.W8.Z84
Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History. HT653.G7.G57
Life of Adam Smith. HB103.S6.R2 1965
Lives of the Kings and Queens of England. DA28.1.L58 1975B
London Mob: Violence and Disorder in Eighteenth Century England. HV6485.G72.L668 2004
Loving, Parenting and Dying: The Family Cycle in England and America, Past and Present. HQ 615.L68 1980
Madness: A Brief History. RC438.P67 2002
Making of the English Working Class. HD8388 T47 1966.
Medicine: An Illustrated History. R131.L95 (on Reserve)
Middling Sort of People: Culture, Society and Politics in England, 1550-1800. DA320.M533 1994
Napoleon as Military Commander. DC203.9.M26 1998
Napoleon: Man and Myth. DC203.J68
Polite Tourist: Four Centuries of Country House Visiting. DA660.T56 1998
Puppetry: A World History. PN1972.B57 2005
Reynolds. ND497.R4.A4 1986
Samuel Johnson: A Biography. PR3533.W33 1975
Searching for Jane Austen. PR4037.A93 2004
Small House in Eighteenth-Century London. NA7552.G85 2004
Speaking Volumes: Women, Reading, and Speech in the Age of Austen. PR868.W6.M53 2002
Sport, Economy and Society in Britain, 1750-1914. GV706.5.T73 1998
Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump : John Snow and the Mystery of Cholera. RA644 .C3 H46 2006
Streets of London: From the Great Fire to the Great Stink. DA685.A1.S75 2003. (Chapters: "Gender, Authority and the Mob in St. Martin's Roundhouse Disaster of 1742," "Graffiti in 18th Century London," "Illegitimacy , Sexual Relations and Location in Metropolitan London," "Poor in 18th Century London," "Pickpockets and Shoplifters in London, 1780-1823")
Student Companion to Jane Austen. PR4036.T38 2000
Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present. HC 240 L26 (good section on Britain)
Undertaker of the Mind: John Monro and Mad-doctoring in Eighteenth-Century England. RC438.6 M66 A53 2001
Victorian America: Tansformations in Everyday Life, 1876-1915. E168.S35 1992
Victorian Underworld. HV6949.E5.T48 1998
Wedgwood: the First Tycoon. NK4210.W4.D65 2004
Western Medicine: An Illustrated History. R131 W47 1997.
What Jane Austen Wore and Charles Dickens Knew. PR468.S6.P66 1993 (on Reserve)
When the King Took Flight. DC137.05.T33 2003. (French history)
Wives and Daughters: Women and Children in the Georgian Country House. DA28.35.F69.M37 2004
World in 1776. D289.D35 (pp. 237, 242)
World of Gainsborough. ND497.G2.L4 (pp. 117, 125, 149)
World of Hogarth. ND 497.H7
Writer's Guide to Daily Life in Regency and Victorian England. DA533.H93 1998. (on Reserve)
Austen Country. DVD PR4038.E46 A97
Jane Austen's Life, Society, and Works. MV 23108, pts.1-3.
Landmarks of Western Art: Rococo to Revolution. MV 23034
Madness of King George. DVD PN1997.M336
Tom Jones. DVD PR3452.T6 2002 pt.1-2
The British Navy and the State in the 18th Century. VA454.W595 2004
Command at Sea: Naval Command and Control Since the Sixteenth Century. VB212.P36 2005
The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815. DA87.R65 2005.
Every Man Will Do His Duty: An Anthology of Firsthand Accounts from the Age of Nelson, 1793-1915. DA87.1 N4 E94 1997
Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brien. PR6029.B55.Z73 2000
Nelson's Navy. DA87.H39 1993
Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle that Changed the World. DA88.5 1805.A35 2005
Novels of Patrick O'Brien. PR6029.B55.Z73 2000
Patrick O'Brian's Navy. PR6029.B55.Z77 2003
The Victory of Seapower: Winning the Napoleonic War 1806-1814. DC226.4.W66 2001
To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World. VA454.H551 2004
Victory of Seapower: Winning the Napoleonic War, 1806-1814. DC226.4.W66 2001
World of Jack Aubrey: Twelve-Pounders, Frigates, Cutlasses, and Insignia of His Majesty's Royal Navy. PR6029.B55.Z755 2003
Hornblower Series. DVD PR6066.A6
Master and Commander. DVD PN1995.9 .H5 2004
Sea Warriors: The Royal Navy in the Age of Sail. DVD DA87.N4.S43 2003
Periodicals provide in-depth analyses of events and trends, research studies on particular subjects, and professional literature.
You may find articles by using an electronic print resource. These databases can be accessed in the LPC Library or from home at the LPC Library Homepage. The best choices for these topics are:
Academic Search Complete contains thousands of citations and full-text articles on social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues from magazines, journals, and newspapers.
History Reference Center - contains thousands of citations and full-text articles on history. It features cover-to-cover full text for more than 650 historical encyclopedias and other non-fiction books. The database also includes full text for more than 50 leading history periodicals.
In both databases under Search Options you can also limit your search in order to retrieve materials from peer-reviewed journals or full-text articles. If you are looking for something from a specific publication you can limit your search by entering the name of the magazine or journal. You may also choose to search more than one database at the same time by checking them before clicking "continue".
Suggestion: Do keyword searches for one of the topics below.
More topic suggestions and good searches in Academic Search Complete:
Contains biographies, criticism, work overviews and explications, Websites, periodical articles, and more.
Suggestion: Do keyword searches for one of the topics below.
You may want to explore some Internet resources to supplement or enhance your research. Always be cautious of information you find on the Web since the quality of sources varies tremendously on the Internet. It is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, you evaluate its quality based on the following criteria:
Use the Librarians' Internet Index (http://www.lii.org).
If you use Google (http://www.google.com/), use "Advanced Search"
The following resources are useful links that focus on the eighteenth century, including Victorian times. Many of the citations are adapted from the annotated links of the Librarians' Internet Index, ill.org.
Titles of Nobility - An Introduction and Primer to the
Peerage. "While one can read any of Georgette Heyer's
Regencies without knowing much more, understanding the underlying
framework can add greatly to one's enjoyment of not only
Heyer's novels, but other English literature like Austen,
the Brontës, Burney, Trollope, James, Doyle, Hardy,
Thackeray, Eliot, Dickens, and of course, Sayers."
City of Shadows: 19th Century London and England Through A Glass Darkly - the history and times of Victorian England, including murder, ghosts, art, society, photographs, and London. A wonderful overview of a significant era in England's history.
Cornell Costume and Textile Collection - features an online gallery of selected items from the collection of European and American fashions from the 18th century to the present, searchable by description, designer, donor, date, country of origin, time span...
Eighteenth-Century Resources - collection of resources on the Internet related to the eighteenth century, including "...information on literature, history, art, music, religion, economics, philosophy, and so on, from around the world"
Eighteenth-Century Studies - this site collects works on the eighteenth century from the perspectives of literary and cultural studies, including novels, plays, memoirs, treatises and poems of the period
Eighteenth-Century Studies Journal - publication of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, "the best of current writing on all aspects of eighteenth-centry culture" which is indexed but not offered in full text in Academic Search Elite.
Godey's Lady's Book Online -"...one of the most popular lady's books of the 19th century. Each issue contained poetry, beautiful engraving and articles by some of the most well known authors in America."
Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England - "a new permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane's Bath experience - the effect that living here had on her and her writing... The city is still very much as Jane Austen knew it, preserving in its streets, public buildings and townscapes the elegant well-ordered world that she portrays so brilliantly in her novels. Now the pleasure of exploring Jane Austen's Bath can be enhanced by visiting the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street. Here, in a Georgian town house in the heart of the city, the visitor can find out more about Bath in Jane Austen's time and the importance of Bath in her life and work."
Museum of Costume, Bath - "focuses on fashionable dress for men, women and children from the late 16th century to the present day." Also includes information about the history of the 18th century Assembly Rooms. Available in English and French.
Proceedings of the Old Bailey - "fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court"
Regency Fashion History - 1800's Costume History by Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
Republic of Pemberley (RoP) - offers information on Jane Austen's writings and movie adaptations from her novels and contains the Jane Austen Information Page which includes texts of her novels, biographical information, sites with photographs and copies of artwork, as well as excerpts from the Austen-L mailing list on various topics from her writings
Snow, John - "This site is devoted to the life and times of Dr. John Snow (1813-1858), a legendary figure in the history of public health, epidemiology and anesthesiology." Includes maps of the 1854 London cholera outbreak and Snow's observations on the outbreaks in Victorian London. Offers other theories of cholera transmission and present-day reports of cholera
SparkNotes - study guides for nearly 100 literature classics created by Harvard University students and alumni, containing sections on context, characters, overall summary, chapter-by-chapter summary and commentary, study questions
Victorian Dictionary - dictionary of the social history of nineteenth century Victorian London, divided into 40 categories (including historical maps), and defined through historical extracts, anecdotes, articles, and manuscripts
Victorian Architecture - a collection of information about Victorian architecture, including illustrations, links, and discussions on styles, such as Italianate, Gothic Revival, Shingle, Romanesque, and Queen Anne, etc.
Victorian Web - links to political and social history, gender matters, philosophy, religion, science, technology, theater and popular entertainment, economic contexts, visual arts, and more from the Victorian era
Voice of the Shuttle - links to resources of the humanities and related social
sciences, by discipline, with separate sections for English Literature, including:
English Literature by Period: Restoration & 18th Century - general resources in Restoration & 18th Century Literature: Authors, Works, Projects; Course Syllabi; Criticism; Journals (18th-C. British Literature); Listservs & Newsgroups (18th-C. Literature); and Conferences (18th-C. Literature)
English Literature by Period: Victorian - general resources in Victorian Literature: Authors, Works, Projects; Selected Victorian Writers on Social Issues; Course Syllabi; Criticism; Journals (Victorian Literature); Listservs & Newsgroups (Victorian Literature); and Conferences (Victorian Literary Studies)
Keep printouts of your sources, or write out all pertinent information on author, title, publisher, date, or Internet address to identify where you got the information. Follow the format recommended by your instructor or ask a librarian to show you a "style manual." You also may use the Citation Style Guides link for MLA style, as well as the online resource, NoodbleBib, a bibliography composer, at http://www.laspositascollege.edu/library/cited.php (or from the LPC Library Homepage) for online help. Please ask a reference librarian for help!
Study guide by Charlotte Bagby
Book list compiled by Barbara Hardy
Last Updated: September 10, 2009
Library Telephone: 925.424.1150
Library Fax: 925.606.7249
Page last modified: March 12, 2015