Genealogical studies

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Genealogical studies - Resources

Scottish family history - useful links for researchers

Postgraduate Courses in Genealogical Studies - course information from the Centre for Lifelong Learning 

Library Services for Part-time & Distance Learning Students

Inter-Library Loans (updated information) - You can request Inter-Library Loans for book chapters/sections and journal articles through the University Library. To do this, first register yourself for a new account, making sure you select JORDANHILL as the Department; then use the online Inter-Library Request form. The links to “register yourself” and to the “Inter-Library Request form” can be found on the Inter-Library Service (ILS) – Main Library Web page.
If you require a complete book by Inter-Library Loan, it should be possible to request this via a local public library or an institution of further or higher education of which you are a member.
Students based outwith the UK should investigate what access might be available at a convenient higher education institution, while an Inter-Library Loans service also operates in Canada and the USA.

PLEASE NOTE - all enquiries relating to passwords and SCONUL Access should be directed to Jordanhill Library

Referencing - Where do I start? - Creating references

Articles + databases tab

There is now a new search option available through SUPrimo, accessed by clicking on the Articles + databases search tab. This allows the searching of journal articles, pre 20th century books and papers and some other material. The system will cross-search a range of databases and retrieve a limited number of the most relevant articles. Use the “search in” option to restrict searching e.g. to Humanities or Social sciences. These are the two most appropriate subject groupings to search for journal articles in the field of genealogical studies. For other materials you may also find Pre 20th century books and papers useful, and in some cases the General and the Official publications subject groupings. You should note that a maximum number of 30 results from each database searched will be displayed. If you require a comprehensive search, you should search the individual database concerned.

Not all of the databases use subject headings, so it is advisable to prefer a “keywords anywhere” search in the “Advanced Search” option, when looking for material on a specific topic. You may also find that some results do not appear to include a word you have searched for. This can happen because the word occurs in a field which is not displayed or within the text of the actual document.

Further information on this search can be found in the SUPrimo FAQs under the link for Articles and databases search FAQs

It is certainly worth trying out this new service which may retrieve useful material from a wide range of publications.


Access to electronic information may require authentication

Electronic databases

  • Bibliography of British and Irish history - index to books, articles in books and articles in journals, including - Ancestors; Family & community history; Genealogists' magazine; History of the family; Journal of family history; Scottish archives 
  • Bibliography of Scotland - index to books, periodicals and major articles of Scottish interest, mostly published from 1987
  • Index to theses - a comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716 
  • zetoc - the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents covering journals and conference proceedings, 1993-

Fulltext services

Internet resources

Archive catalogues

Library catalogues

Useful addresses