Where to find sources on the industrial revolution

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Primary Sources

Industrial Revolution - Modern History Sourcebook

Fordham University provides a list of links to online primary sources from the modern era.

UK National Archives

The British archive website provides the resources on a range of categories.


London Lives 1690 - 1800

Contains documentary material of thousands of Londoners, including both plebeians and the officers who manned the institutions of government and social welfare.

Revolutionary Players

This website provides lots of primary sources relating to major personalities of the British Industrial Revolution. It has painstakingly collected digitised prints, paintings, drawings, objects, buildings, letters, maps, plans, newspapers and other printed materials for use by teachers and students.

The British Parthé News Footage Archive

Find real primary source film footage of major historical events from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

Child Labour Sources

A selection of sources on the topic.

Secondary Sources


An online academic database used by universities worldwide that is a superb resource for History students. To view full articles, you will require membership.

Google Scholar

This searches internet sites for academic articles and books. It often only provides one or two pages, but it is often enough to find quotes and bibliographical details.


JURN Search Engine

Search millions of free academic articles, chapters, and theses.