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Cornish Studies: LibGuide

Use this Subject LibGuide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.

Welcome to the Cornish Studies LibGuide

Use this guide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.  

New to the University?  Explore the Getting Started at the Library guidance to learn all about the Library basics. 

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Cornish Studies Series - book gallery highlights

Where to start your search

Library Search


Search for textbooks, ebooks, journals, articles and more.

 Library Search LibGuide available for guidance.

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Key databases for Cornish Studies research

Bibliographic databases index the global literature and provide references to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, etc. that match your search criteria.

They help you to find information about previous publications in your research field.  

The following databases will help you discover material related to Cornish Studies.

JSTOR provides access to scholarly book, journal and primary sources via an easy to use search interface.

Use the How to Search JSTOR LibGuide for an introduction to the service or take a look at JSTOR's Vimeo channel for educational and instructional videos. 

The following video shows you how to use ebooks on the JSTOR service.

Use the Databases A-Z List to access all the resources available to you.

You can browse by subject e.g. History or type (e.g.maps, news, images etc.) or search to find your required resource.


  • News sources can be invaluable research resources. 
  • They provide contemporaneous accounts of events as they emerge and unfold, affording a snapshot of developments at a point in time.
  • You can engage in historical research by tracing commentary on issues over time, to identify and track changing political, economic and social trends. 
  • The availability of news resources online allows for very effective and comprehensive searching, in a way that was impossible with print or microfilm / microfiche editions of the newspapers 
  • The News LibGuide will introduce you to the wide range of news services available to you at the University

Primary sources are documents which were created during particular historical periods, as opposed to secondary sources, which are written at a later date about particular historical periods.

Examples of primary sources are:

  • Government publications,
  • newspapers,
  • photographs,
  • original art work
  • diaries,
  • interviews,
  • memoirs,
  • letters,
  • manuscripts,
  • business records,
  • court cases,
  • census data,
  • speeches.

Find out more on the Primary Sources LibGuide

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 


As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.

Top Tip

Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations.  Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.

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The Penryn Library holds a wide range of material relevant to the study of Cornish history, literature, folklore and social issues.

Multiple copies are held of the important book series - Cornish Studies.

A few titles are highlighted in the book gallery.  

You can search for other titles in the series using the library catalogue or can go along to the library and browse the shelves to find other titles in this series and other related materials on all aspects cornish studies.

There are a number of local archives and libraries that will support your research in cornish studies.


You can use the following services to explore research materials available elksewhere

  • COPAC - exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of c.90 major UK and Irish libraries.

  • WorldCAT - search the collections of libraries in your community and tens of thousands more around the world.  

  • SUNCAT - is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community, a free tool to help researchers and librarians locate serials held in the UK.

  • The European Library - access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.

  • The Library of Congress -  catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections in the USA.

  • LibWeb - Access to a listing of online library catalogues worldwide

  • CORE - gives an incredibly fast search of the full-text of 80M open access research resources


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