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Cornish Studies Subject Guide: LibGuide - online library support

Subject Guide - help and guidance on finding resources in your subject area

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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 Library Induction to learn all about the Library basics. 

Rachel Browning, Penryn Campus Library

Where to start your search

Library Search

Search for print books, ebooks, journals, articles + more.  Use Library Search LibGuide for guidance.

For a full selection of databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Expand your searching

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.

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.


You can use the following catalogues to search for material held at other libraries:

  • Library Hub Discover - search and locate books and journals throughout the collections of the UK research and specialist libraries.
  • WorldCAT - lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and tens of thousands more around the world.  It also has a mobile app you can download.
  • The European Library - gives access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.

  • The Library of Congress - contains the 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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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.

The staff produce Research Guides based on material held in the collections. Cornish Studies related one include A. L. Rowse and Cornish Festivals

Online exhibitions also highlight aspects of the collections, such as Cornwall's Maritime Churches

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

  • 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

Effective Searching & Referencing

It is important to plan your search strategy, and manage your search results so that you get the most from your online searching.

Keep a record of all the material you need to cite in your assignments, papers, projects etc. 

Use the Search Techniques and Referencing guidance to assist you.

  • 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.

For more guidance take a look at:

Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of academic skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.

Academic Skills Support

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research. 

It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.

Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.

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