Welcome to the Cornish Studies LibGuide
Use this guide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.
There are a wide range of online resources that will help you trace books, journal articles and much more, to support your study and research. Key resources are highlighted in the adjacent tabs.
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.
Use the Databases A-Z List to access all the resources available to you.
You can browse by subject e.g. Historyor type (e.g.maps, news, images etc.) or search to find your required resource.
You can use the following catalogues to search for material held at other libraries:
The European Library - gives access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.
You are likely to use a wide range of different types of information sources for your study and research. As well as academic sources such as books and journals, you may wish to consult primary sources, archives, news etc. Use the online support highlighted here to guide your searching.
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 Search 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.
The Archives and Special Collections have the Publications and records of the Institute of Cornish Studies as well as many Cornish related collections, such as the Gorsedh Kernow Bardic collection and Papers of Len Truran: Mebyon Kernow.
There are a number of local archives and libraries that will support your research in Cornish studies.
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:
Find out more on the Primary Sources LibGuide
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