Welcome to the Victoria Research Web, a guide to research resources written by Patrick Leary, the founder and manager of the long-running VICTORIA discussion list for Victorian Studies. Like VICTORIA, the VRW is dedicated to the scholarly study of nineteenth-century Britain, and to aiding researchers, teachers, and students in their investigations of any and all aspects of this fascinating period.
The various sections of the VRW are intended to supply advice and links to help Victorianists find the practical information they need, whether it's an archive catalogue, a bibliography, a listserv address, a cheap place to stay in London, or a journal's submission guidelines. A facility for searching the VICTORIA archives puts at your fingertips over twenty years' worth of scholarly discussion by Victorianists around the world.
Increasingly, the VRW has become a modest publishing medium for brief reference works created by some of the finest scholars in the field. These extraordinary resources include the recently updated Curran Index of hitherto anonymous contributors to the Victorian press, the VanArsdel guide to periodical research, Sally Mitchell's introduction to researching Victorian fiction, the Weedon guide to using Victorian publishers' records, and "At the Circulating Library," Troy Bassett's ever-growing database of three-volume novels, in addition to topical bibliographies, biographies, archive descriptions, and other aids to research prepared specifically for the VRW. Published here exclusively, too, is the popular VRW guide to planning the research trip to Britain
The table of contents below will help you find your way to these and many other resources featured throughout the site. I hope that you'll enjoy your exploration of the Victoria Research Web, and find the information here helpful in your own Victorian research.
- Archives: locating manuscript material
- Printed Sources: Libraries, Serials, Pictures, Books:
- Research guides to reference sources in libraries
- Links to library catalogues
- Using the British Library
- Finding out about
- Bibliographical resources, including
- Book reviews on-line
- Planning the Research Trip: tips for working in Britain
The VRW journal guide: contributor and subscription information, tables of contents, and online resources for some of the major journals in the field. Now includes listing of book publishers' series.
The VRW guide to Groups and Blogs covers all sorts of places for reading about and discussing the 19th century, including listservs, bulletin boards, social networking sites, and blogs.
Other Victorian Resources
The VRW annotated guide to related areas to explore online.