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Research Resources

A selection of thematic resources for the University's collections.

Though these resources provide useful guidance on specific areas of the collections, we always recommend that you use them alongside the collection catalogues to make sure the information you have is up to date - for example, many of geographic guides have not been updated since publication and do not, therefore, include more recent acquisitions.

School of Scottish Studies Archives

Getting started with the School of Scottish Studies Archives

LGBTQ+ Sources

An introductory list of collections for researchers interested in LGBTQ+ history.

Walter Scott

Details of Walter Scott holdings in the University's collections.

Gàidhlig / Gaelic

Gaelic history and culture is strongly represented in the University of Edinburgh's collections.

University History

Resources for researchers investigating the history of the University of Edinburgh, including historic alumni.

Scottish Literary Papers

Guides to literary manuscripts, correspondence, and personal papers by some of Scotland's foremost writers.

LHSA Resources

Including the LHSA HIV/AIDS Online Resource for Teachers

Rare Books & Manuscripts

Resources for Rare Books research at the CRC, including the MSc Book History and Material Culture

Resources by Geographic Area

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Guides to collections material relating to the history of geographic areas.


Resources relevant for students of music.

Science and Engineering Resources

Archive and manuscript resources for science and engineering research.