Resources by Subject History

Old World Globe

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Film and Video
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Additional pages:
U.S. History
U.S. Civil War
Victoria's England
World War I

Reference Sources (Background)

Oxford Reference Online: History (current, full text)
Search reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes A Dictionary of Contemporary World History, A Dictionary of World History, A Dictionary of Political Biography, and Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages among others.

Credo Reference (current, full text)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Atlas of World History. (1999)
Ref. G1030 .A84 1999
Facts, brief analyses and maps of events in world history, place and populations, religious transitions, and social movements.

Encyclopedia of World Biography. (1998, 17 volumes)
Ref. CT103 .E56 1997
Biographical sketches plus information on the importance of the person listed.

Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval and Modern. (2001)
Ref. D21 .E578 2001
Arranged chronologically, divided geographically with each section.

Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. (2004, 6 volumes)
Ref. D209 .E97 2004
Includes biographical and topical articles, plus overviews of individual national histories. Attention to broad processes as well as specific facts.

The Oxford Companion to Military History. (2001)
Ref. D25 .A2 O94 2001
Emphasis on Europe and North America in the past three centuries.

Reference Sources in History: An Introductory Guide. (2004)
Ref. D20 .F72 2004
Introduction to the breath of historical research materials, with annotated citations to bibliographies, indexes, government publications, special collections, etc.

Women in World History: A Biographical Encylopedia. (1999, 17 volumes)
Ref. HQ1115 .W6 1999
Comprehensive entries on over 10,000 individual women from 3100 BC to modern times. Includes portraits and bibliographies.

Finding Books

The Library of Congress Classifications for history are D, E, and F:

D History: General and Old World; Europe
E History: American (General); United States (National)
F1-F975 United States (Local and Regional)
F1001-F1140 Canada
F1201-F3799 Latin America

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Making of the Modern World (full-text; 1450-1914)
Digital reproductions of over 66,000 rare primary source books and serial publications chronicling the development of the modern western world through world trade, exploration and colonization of the New World, the Industrial Revolution and the development of modern capitalism. Subject coverage includes history, political science, economics and business, women's studies, and legal and religious history. Individual publications are also in MaconCat.

European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 (citations, 1493-1750)
Index to printed works about the Americas published in Europe.

19th Century British Library Newspapers (full text; 1800-1900)
Full-text searchable editions with page images of nearly 50 newspapers from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. In addition to articles, includes advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, editorials, etc.

Project MUSE (generally late 1990s to date)
Full-text database covering over 300 journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

London Gazette Archive (selected indexing from 1665 to present, with results in PDF format.)
Official newspaper of record for UK. Portal also includes Edinburgh Gazette and Belfast Gazette.

Bibliography of Slavery and World Slaving (references only, 1900 to date)
Scholarly works in all academic disciplines on slavery and slaving, worldwide and throughout human history, including modern times.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.


Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) promotes and supports digital research and teaching across all arts and humanities disciplines.

Country Studies (Library of Congress)
Analysis of history and the social, economic, and political institutions of countries throughout the world.

Cold War International History Project (Wilson Center)
The project gathers, archives, and produces materials related to the Cold War from both Western and Eastern perspectives, including primary source materials.

DigiBaeck (Leo Baeck Institute)
Digital collections that document the rich heritage of German-speaking Jewry in the modern era.

The Digital Scriptorium (UC Berkeley)
A growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History (Brigham Young University)
Transcriptions, facsimilies, and translations of primary source documents from Western Europe, arranged by country.

Eyewitness to History (Ibis Communications)
Eyewitness reports from ancient to modern history.

Historical Text Archive (Historical Text Archive)
Commercial site containing historical texts and secondary research materials for the study of world history.

Indigenous Governance Database (Native Nations Institute)
The Native Nations Institute developed the Indigenous Governance Database to assist researchers in their quest to better understand Native American nation building and governance.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project (Fordham University)
Collections of historical texts arranged by subject area.

Internet Public Library: History Reference (Drexel University)
Links to hundreds of Internet sites in all areas of history.

On-line Historical Sources (Randolph-Macon College)
Historical resources and links curated by R-MC's History Department.

Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students (Bowdoin College)
Extensive guide to writing history papers; covers reading, writing, researching, and evaluating.

World History Archives (Hartford Web Publishing)
Documents to support the study of world history from a working-class and non-Eurocentric perspective.

Vietnam Center and Archive Primary source documents, oral histories, and resources from Texas Tech University.

Film and Video

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of historical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

Evaluating Sources

Primary Sources versus Secondary Sources (R-MC)

Popular Sources versus Scholarly Sources (R-MC)

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Includes information and examples for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.


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