Course Research Pages

HIS 111: World History

Finding Background Information in Reference Sources

Credo Reference - An authoritative online reference tool with many history-related entries and images.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - An online library of authoritative reference works, including many on history.

Oxford English Dictionary - English words, their definitions, and their history of usage.

Finding Books

Bowman Library Book & Media Catalog - search by keyword or subject heading to find books in the Bowman Library collection.

Cambridge History series - in the library catalog search box, enter cambridge history and a region or historical era to find books in this series.

Gender in World History - Call number HQ 1075 .S73 2000

Atlas of World History - Call number D21 .5 .A89 2010 (Atlas Shelves)

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History - Call number D 23 .B45 2005 v.1-5 (Reference)

Racism: A Global Reader - Call number HT1521 .R323 2003

WorldCat - Find books at libraries around the corner and around the world.

Google Books - search for books and get a preview before ordering via Interlibrary Loan.

Finding Articles

Academic Search Premier - Contains scholarly articles on a range of topics, including history.

JSTOR - Contains articles in the areas of history, humanities, and other social sciences.

Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select - Articles in the humanities, sciences, education, and business.

World History Connected - Forum for articles about history by researchers in the field.

The following databases contain some abstracts and very little full text; they are useful for finding relevant articles that may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan:

First Search

Google Scholar - Search only for scholarly articles on Google. If full text is not available, check Bowman Library's Journal Finder to see if your article is available in a library database; if not, order it through Interlibrary Loan.

Primary Sources Online

Electronic Tools and Ancient Near East Archives (ETANA)
Primary sources and core texts.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Primary sources about medieval life around the world.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
Primary sources by region/culture.

World History Sources
Primary and secondary sources organized by geographical region and by time period.

Women in World History
Primary sources organized by geographical region and by time period. Emphasis on 20th century, but some sources refer to earlier centuries.

Other Women's Voices
Translations of women's writing before 1700. Primary sources.

Diotoma: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World
Contains excerpts of primary and secondary sources from Greek, Latin, and Egyptian culture.

Many Pasts: Primary Sources from People in the U.S.
Includes some primary sources from the 1500s and 1600s, though many are 20th century.

Paper Writing and Citing Sources

Expectations for history papers

Plagiarism and citations

Chicago Manual of Style Online - Citation quick quide.

NoodleTools - Create a citation or a whole bibliography in Chicago style that you can save online or export to Word or Google Docs.

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