History of England Essay Help

Helpful starting points via library databases:

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB)

Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)


In general, essays should be drawn from a minimum of four different sources. If you require help in finding material, please contact me and we will work together to identify appropriate sources. Any web sources not found through library databases or academic journals need to be approved by me first. Essays should not use general encyclopedias (wikipedia/Brittania etc).

All essays must include footnotes and a bibliography. The form of citations given below should be used on the first occasion a work is mentioned in the footnotes. Subsequent uses of the same item may be abbreviated. For example, the first citation of Cressy should be as below with the appropriate page number(s). Following citations should be abbreviated to Cressy, p. 45 etc


David Cressy, Agnes Bowker’s Cat: Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England, (Oxford, 2001), p. 10.

Edited Books:

Leah Marcus, Janel Mueller, Mary Beth Rose, eds, Elizabeth I: Collected Works, (Chicago, 2002), pp. 44-7.


Jason Peacey, ‘John Lilburne and the Long Parliament’, Historical Journal, vol. 43, no. 3, (2002), pp. 625-6

Book Chapters:

Ian Archer, ‘Shakespeare’s London’ in ed. David Scott Kastan, A Companion to Shakespeare, (Oxford, 1999), p. 55.

Printed Primary Sources:

By the Queene. The Queenes Maiesty being giuen to vnderstand, that sundry lewde and sedicious bruites haue bene lately spread and caryed abroade in many shires of the realme by some vnquiet and factious spirits …, (London, 1587)

Note: no need here for an author as it is an official government document. Also note use of original spelling. If the author of a document is unknown then use the term Anonymous in place of the author.




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