Victoria Research Web

Scholarly Resources
Victorian Research

Welcome to the Victoria Research Web, a guide to research resources begun by Patrick Leary, the founder and manager of the long-running VICTORIA discussion group. Like VICTORIA, the VRW is dedicated to the scholarly study of nineteenth-century Britain, and to aiding researchers, teachers, and students in their investigations of any and all aspects of this fascinating period.

The various sections of the VRW are intended to supply advice and links to help Victorianists find the practical information they need, whether it's an archive catalogue, a bibliography, a listserv address, a cheap place to stay in London, or a journal's submission guidelines. A facility for searching the VICTORIA archives puts at your fingertips over twenty-five years' worth of scholarly discussion by Victorianists around the world.

Over the years, the VRW has become a modest publishing medium for brief reference works created by some of the finest scholars in the field. These resources include the VanArsdel guide to periodical research, Sally Mitchell's introduction to researching Victorian fiction, and the Weedon guide to using Victorian publishers' records, in addition to topical bibliographies, biographies, archive descriptions, and other aids to research prepared specifically for the VRW.

VRW is particularly proud to host "At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victotrian Fiction, 1837-1901," Troy Bassett's indispensable bibliographical database of Victorian novels and their authors, now amounting to many thousands of titles and names.  Published here exclusively, too, is the popular VRW guide to planning the research trip to Britain.  The Curran Index, which identifies the authors of thousands of unsigned articles, reviews, stories, and poems in the 19th-century periodical press, was begun here at and now resides at its own domain, supported by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.

I hope that you'll enjoy your exploration of the Victoria Research Web, and find the information here helpful in your own Victorian research.

-- P.L.

VRW Table of Contents

Research Resources


The VRW journal guide: contributor and subscription information, tables of contents, and online resources for some of the major journals in the field. Now includes listing of book publishers' series.


The VRW guide to Groups, Blogs, and Podcasts covers all sorts of places for reading about and discussing the 19th century, including listservs, bulletin boards, social networking sites, and blogs.

Other Victorian Resources

The VRW annotated guide to related areas to explore online.