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!
Recent history books
History Featured Topic:
History Features Archive
For history features earlier than May 2012, visit our History features archive
Online databases & articles
We have a great range of online history resources, including reference sources, journals, magazines and much more.
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.
- Arab Studies Quarterly |
- American History |
- Canadian Journal of History |
- History Review |
- Journal of Social History |
- Military History |
- Natural History |
- Perspectives on History
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:
- Archeology |
- BBC History |
- Biblical archaeology review |
- Current History |
- Heritage Matters |
- History Now - Te Pae Tawhio O Te Wa |
- History Today |
- True West
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 It also contains a large number of unpublished reports as well as many smaller publications which were often only for sale in a specific region for a short period of time (e.g. school and parish jubilee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.
Searching the catalogue
|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|
Don't forget to look at the large books for illustrations and photographs, as well as looking in the normal Dewey sequence.
Our picks of the new books
Here are our latest picks:
New Zealand History Online
The Ministry of Culture & Heritage's New Zealand History site -- this should be your first stop online for New Zealand history
- Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
The official encyclopedia of NZ, which when complete will be a comprehensive guide to the country's peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.
- 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
The first encyclopedia of New Zealand, published in three thick volumes in 1966. An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand was a critical and publishing success at the time, and has been used as a basic reference work since.
- The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War
This fifty volume series is being put online as copyright expires.
- New Zealand History Teachers' Association
Overseas History Online
- Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition - an online version of this classic edition.
- 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.
New Zealand Theses
- Newman, Liberal Policy and the Left Wing, 1908 - 1911 : a study of middle-class radicalism in NZ
- Stenson, The origins of the Government Advances to Settler's Act, 1894
- Clark, The NZ Liberal Party and Government, 1895 - 1906
- Bassett, Sir Harry Atkinson : a political biography, 1872 - 1892
- Shannon, Decline and fall of the Liberal government : a study in an aspect of NZ political development, 1908 - 1914
- Hamar, Sir Robert Stout, 1844 - 1930
- McKimmey, The Temperance Movement in NZ, 1835 - 1894
- Grimshaw, The Women's Suffrage Movement in New Zealand, 1835 - 1894
- Rogers, The Single tax Movement in NZ
This page is written and maintained by Kim Clayton. My aim is to keep you informed about history resources at the library and to highlight parts of the collection which may interest you. I'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can email me with any feedback.