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HST 104 | Western Civilization II: Additional Resources

Covers the 17th century through the twentieth, including the Cold War and Decolonization. Considers political, social, economic, cultural, religious, and intellectual development of modern Europe and the West since 1648.

Finding History Sources Online

The list of collections to the right includes just a sampling of the wealth of history resources available online. If you don't see what you're looking for, consider some of these strategies for seeking additional sources:

Browse a history subject directory. Subject directories are useful when you are interested in seeing a broad variety of sources on your topic. Some subject directories include annotations and evaluations of sites. Some examples:

Use a search engine. Google Scholar might be a good choice (see box at far right). Search engines are useful when you are researching a narrow topic or trying to locate a specific document. When searching, use specific terms rather than broad terms. For example search for the “concentration camp” or "Auschwitz' not just “holocost” or "Nazi Germany," search for the “Marne” and "France" rather than  “Battle” and "World War II." The more specific you can be, the better reults you will get.

Get recommendations from your professor or librarian. Many libraries compile lists of recommended history sites. Some examples include:

Check published guides to history web sites. If you get an early start, you can request one of the following titles through MOBIUS:

  • The European History Highway: A Guide to Internet Resources. Dennis A. Trinkle and Scott A. Merriman, editors. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2002.
  • History and the Internet: A Guide. By Patrick D. Reagan. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
  • Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in History. By Kathleen W. Craver. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.

Look for "Best of" posts and other reviews like this curated list from EdTechTeacher: Best of History Websites.

Digital Collections: Open-Access Resources for History


New TED Talks on History and related subjects are being made all the time. Learn more at

TED: Ideas worth spreading

Smarter Searching

Search for scholarly information with links to Fontbonne Library resources. If you can't access full-text, visit the Library website and request the article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and we'll e-mail it to you when it arrives.

Use Google's Advanced Image Search to find relevant photos and other images.

Six-Point Rubric for History Writing


Attached below you'll find the the very useful IntelliMetric® 6-Point History Writing Rubric.

Want More Help?

Get additional context and practice from Aplia. Try thisinteractive map exercise on the economic geography of Rome.

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