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.
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
Eras of Elegance
Victorian Fun Facts
Victorian Era Every Day Life
Digital history-Gilded Age