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Search Terms

These terms – used alone or in combination – may be helpful for performing keyword searches in the NHHS media center catalog, electronic databases, or online search engines

Victorian England
Industrial Revolution Britain
Child Labor London
Workhouse Miners
Factory Workers Chimney Sweeps
Debtors Prison Poorhouse
Prison Slums
Living Conditions Health
Domestic Servants Child Labour

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The following books are available in the North Hunterdon High School Library:

Child labor : a world history companion
Sandy Hobbs
331.3 HOB

Daily Life in Victorian England
Sally Mitchell
941.081 M

The Horizon book of daily life in Victorian England
Christopher Hibbert
914.2 H

The Industrial Revolution
Lee T. Wyatt
338.9 WYA

The industrial revolution in Britain
Don Nardo
330 NAR

Mid-Victorian Britain , 1851-1875
Geoffrey Best
914.2 B

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E-books are online editions of print reference books. Look for references to Miller, his works, and his times in these e-books:


Gale Virtual Reference Library

To use the e-books from home, you will need the list of passwords, which is available on the Media Center webpage.

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Facts on File

Greenwood Daily Life Through History

 Literature Resource Center

EBSCOhost Literary Reference Center

EBSCOhost History Reference Center

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The 19th Century City
University of St. Andrew's site that provides a look at aspects of the 19th century city including population, housing and health, work, education , law and order, and women, wives, and widows

British Library: Learning Victorians
Provides a look at different aspects of the Victorian era.

National Archives Victorian Britain
This site provides a look at Victorian Britain using primary source materials.

Time Traveler's Guide to Victorian Britain
A site from a British television channel on Victorian Britain

Victorian Web
This is fantastic starting point. This site is the major place on the Web to get information about the Victorian era (1837-1901) in England and the entire world. Categories include: The Victorians; Political history; Social history; Gender matters; Philosophy; Religion; Science; Technology; Genre & Technique (literature); Authors; Visual arts; Theatre & popular entertainment; Victorian Web books; Victorian texts; Before Victoria; and Related WWW resources. Individual pages at this site are referenced below where appropriate.

Factory Workers

Factory Work in Victorian Lancashire
This site from the BBC describes work in 19 th century cotton mills.

The Life of the Industrial Worker in Nineteenth-Century England
A series of testimonies from factory workers on working conditions.

Health Issues/Living Conditions

Adulteration and Contamination of Food in Victorian England
A short essay that discusses how food in Victorian England was contaminated by a variety of substances.

Human Rights from the United Kingdom National Archives
This site provides an overview of human rights issues for a variety of time periods in British history. Use the dates on the right to navigate to the correct time periods.

London's Great Stink and Victorian City Planning
A BBC site that discusses living conditions in Victorian cities.

Victorian Diet
This short essay explains some of the aspects of diet, especially of the poor, in Victorian England. (Victorian Web)

Virtual Tour of the streets of Leeds 1842
This virtual tour takes you through an exhibition at the Thackray Museum that depicts the living conditions of the poor during the Victorian Period.

Treatment of Children

Child Labor during the British Industrial Revolution
This article examines child labor in Britain.

Coal Mining and the Victorians
Provides a look at child labor in coal mines during the Victorian period. Links provided to related historical documents.

Chimney Sweeps and Occupational Diseases
An article that discusses health issues experienced by chimney sweeps from the website of the National Chimney Sweep Guild.

Through a Victorian Child's Eye
This site gives an overview of life for poor Victorian children. Site includes images and audio clips.

Workhouse Children
This short article describes conditions in British workhouses and provides links to letters and interviews of people who actually were part of the workhouse system.

Treatment of the Poor/ Poor Houses

Beneath the Surface: A Country of Two Nations
An article from the BBC about Victorian treatment of the poor.

Down and Out in Victorian London
This page from the Masterpiece Theatre site has an essay on poverty and the "Poor Laws." The article is meant to accompany a television dramatization of "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens.

Social conditions in the 19th-century port
Provides an overview of the social conditions of the poor living in the dock areas of London.

The Workhouse
A site dedicated providing information about workhouses. Includes primary source materials.

The Victorian Poor House
This article from the Dickens Project/BBC site describes

Treatment of Women/Condition of Women

Condition of Life for Victorian Women
A section of the Victorian Web that provides at the health, education, manners and mores of Victorian women.

The Plight of Women's Work in the Early Industrial Revolution in England and Wales
Provides an overview of women's work with primary source testemonies and historical images for seamstresses, miners and textile workers.

Social and Economic Status of Victorian Women
Broken into links by social class, this section of Victorian Web provides information on women's work.

Testimony Gathered by Ashley's Mine Commission

The Victorian Age: The Women Question
Offers a brief discussion of women in the Victorian Era, literature links, and illustrations and images.

Family Issues

Bastardy and Baby Farming in Victorian England
An academic paper that describes conditions that lead to baby farming, a practice in which young women, usually poor, would pay money to have their babies fostered.

Domestic Violence in Victorian England
A brief academic article describing domestic violence in Victorian England.

Jails/Convicts/Debtors' Prison

Crime and Punishment
This site from the United Kingdom National Archives focuses on three strands crime, prevention, and punishment.

E2BN Victorian Crime and Punishment
Created for students and teachers by the East of England Broadband Network, this site provides information on 19 th century justice, prisoners & case studies.

Prison Hulks on the River Thames
Discusses the history of prison hulks, which were used to deal with overcrowding and ended in the mid 1800's.

The real Little Dorrit: Charles Dickens and the debtors' prison
This transcript from a discussion of debtor's prisons describes the reasons someone would be sent to the prison and the conditions at the prison.


English Heritage: Service Wing
In this short video, reenactors discuss their role in the Audley End House and Garden, an English Heritage site.

On the Side of Maids
This primary source document written in 1874 editoralizes on the treatment of maids in Victorian households.

The Victorian Servant
Provides a look at servants in a manor home. Primary source materials include censuses for the household, pictures of common household tools and jobs, and photos from the manor house.

Victorian Servants
An overview of life as a servant with brief paragraphs describing the various positions within the servant class.

Illustrations and Images

East Riding of Yorkshire Media Library
Provides a variety of images from the Victorian period.

Images of the Industrial Revolution
A site from Mt. Holyoke College with images of the industrial era.

Hidden Lives: Images of Poor Children and the Slum Areas

Victorian Times
A digital project from the University of Strathclyde examining social, political and economic developments in Victorian Britain. Use the browse or search options to find images.

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Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism demonstrates lack of integrity and character. It is inconsistent with the goals and values of NHHS. Review the plagiarism policy to learn about strategies that will help you succeed with honor.

NHHS policy on cheating and plagiarism

Properly cite your sources by copying and pasting the citation information from your database article on to your Works Cited page. Follow these formats/examples for books, images, and web sites. If any category of information is not available for your citation, skip it and move on to the next category. If a publication date is not available, type n.d. (which stands for no date) where the date would go.

Book (find the info on the front and back of the title page)

Author'sLastName, Author'sFirstName MiddleInitial. Title of Book. City of Publication: Name of Publisher, year of publication. Print.


Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. London : Penguin, 1996. Print.

Image (look for the title of the image by mousing over it or right-clicking on it)

"Title or Description of Image." Name of Whole Web Site. Date site was published or
     copyrighted. Web. Date you viewed the web site. <URL>.


"Photo of Franklin D. Roosevelt." The White House. N.d. Web. 4 Feb. 2010.

Newspaper article from a database

Author'sLastName, Author'sFirstName MiddleInitial. "Article Name." Newspaper Day Month Year:
     Page(s). Database. Web.


"W.P.A. Pays Red Writers." Los Angeles Times 21 Jan. 1936: 1. Proquest Historical Newspapers.

Web site

"Title of Web Page." Name of Whole Web Site. Date site was published or copyrighted. Web.
      Date you viewed the web site. <URL>.


"North Athletics." North Hunterdon High School. 2008. Web. 4 Feb. 2010.

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Images used:

Child Miner . Photograph. ERiding Media Library . East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Web. 22 Feb. 2011. <>.

Thomson, John. The Crawlers . 1876-1877. Photograph. Street Life in London. The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Victorian Age . W.W. Norton and Company. Web. 22 Feb. 2011. <>.

Victorian Child Labor . Photograph. Web. 22 Feb. 2011. <>.