Research resources 1: online catalogues and databases

Here you will find a series of online resources to help you get started with your research.

Research resources 2: Historic Environment Scotland

Here you will find information about and links to the range of research resources provided by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

Research resources 3: buildings, towns and cities

Here you will find information about, and links to, a range of research resources on the design of cities, towns and buildings. The books and journals listed are available in local authority libraries or archives, and the Historic Environment Scotland search room in John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard T ...

Research resources 4: places and people

Here you will find information about, and links to, a range of research resources in which data about places and people has been collected over time or on specific occasions. These resources are fully or partly available online and are also available in local reference libraries or archives.

Research resources 5: newspapers, photographic and audio-visual collections

Here you will find introductory information about, and links to, a range of historical newspaper, photographic and audio-visual collections. Many of these resources can be accessed free of charge from your home while others will be available in your local library or via its online services.

Using archives, local history libraries and library special collections

When preparing for your first visit to an archive or library special collections department, please bear in mind the following points. Most archives operate in a similar way but there may be exceptions and additions to the guidance provided here.

Top tips for researching

When you begin thinking about your Scotland’s Urban Past research project, take the time in advance to ask what, when, where, how and who will research, and together devise a plan. Reflecting on the points below should help you get started.