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Victorian Research List

You may or may not know that in my day job I’m a public librarian. I help people find books, websites, learn new things, and expand their horizons. Sounds pretty great, huh! Mostly it is, yeah.

I’m also a fan of ILL, Inter Library Loan. So if you’re looking for a book, and a Victorian research book at that, chances are a public library won’t have it. But with ILL your library is linked to other, larger libraries like academic ones. And they just might have that esoteric book you’re looking for. (They’ve had a couple I’ve looked for on Russia during the Crimean War for Kiss of Scandal.)

I have a couple books on Victorian Era but not many, I admit it, websites are easier-you can do a FIND ON PAGE search for your specific term; see pictures many older books won’t have; and do it all from the comfort of your couch and laptop without trying to figure out the top 5 books you want to get because, seriously, ordering 20 on the subject seems extreme even for you.

Books:
The Encyclopedia of the Victorian World: A Reader’s Companion to the People, Places, Events, and Everyday Life of the Victorian Era by Melinda Corey and George Ochoa
Wild Women: Crusaders, Curmudgeons, and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era by Autumn Stephens
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England by Daniel Pool
Daily Life in Victorian England by Sally Mitchell
Essential Handbook of Victorian Etiquette by Thomas E. Hill

Sites:
Victorian Web
Victoria’s Past
Victorian-Era
Eras of Elegance
Victorian Station
Fashion Era
Victorian Fun Facts
Victorian Era Every Day Life
Complete Victorian
Digital history-Gilded Age
Women’s Roles
Gilded Age
PBS-Gilded Age

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3 Comments

  1. Isabel – Great post! These lists appear to contain anything and everything related to Victorian life.
    Thank you, Madame Librarian!

  2. The Internet certainly has opened a lot of doors for us, hasn’t it. I envy your job, Isabel. I love the smell inside a library and used to spend a lot of time in our local one. Now it is closed so much it is just easier to do it on line.

    Thanks for all the information.

  3. Great resources, Isabel! I used to spend a lot of time at the library many years ago, but with the internet at my fingertips, I haven’t stepped into a library for a long time. I do miss seeing all those rows of books, though. Used to love browsing in the library.

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