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History, World


Search the University Libraries' databases for articles about your topic. The databases listed on this page were chosen because they contain articles from History journals, including scholarly sources. This page also features tips on finding History journals in the print collection. 

Encyclopedias, etc.

Reference resources like encyclopedias and dictionaries are excellent sources of background information and quick answers. They are particularly helpful when you are researching an unfamiliar topic. The University Libraries own a number of print and online encyclopedias about World History.


Search for books about World History. Books are helpful as sources of in-depth information on specific topics, as well as overviews of broader topics. OneSearch/CardCat will help you find books within the University Libraries. WorldCat will help you find and request books from other libraries - free of charge!

Primary Sources

This page will help you find firsthand accounts of historical persons and events in the forms of diaries, letters, and personal papers; contemporary news coverage such as historical newspaper and magazine articles; and historical documents. 

Related Subject Guides

The University Libraries maintain subject guides on a number of subjects related to World History, including U.S. and local history, political science, and classical studies. Depending on your topic, you might find useful resources on these guides as well. 


‚ÄčOneSearch is a good place to begin searching for sources on an unfamiliar topic. Simultaneously search books, e-books, articles and journals from multiple databases, encyclopedias, and other digital collections. OneSearch can also be helpful if you have had trouble finding sources elsewhere.