Dr Adam Budd explains why and how your study will benefit from using both online and physical resources, starting with reliable websites which can help you to understand context and shape your research questions, and continuing with a visit to a library where you can examine original eighteenth-century publications.

Our thanks to the Bodleian Library for the use of the image in our banner: "William Green Jr. (fl. 1732–1752), Scene at an Oxford Book Auction, oil on canvas, 1747; Bodleian Library. Portrait LP.701, 1F.”