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History: World

Use this guide to find books, articles, and reference sources to help you begin exploring and thinking about research in history and related fields.

World History 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 “emancipation proclamation” not just “slavery,” search for the “Constantine” and "Christianity" rather than  “Rome” and "religion." 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.

Online Resources: World History


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

TED: Ideas worth spreading

LC Call Numbers: History

You will find most books on world history in the C and D ranges on the second floor of the library. The 'C' class covers general subjects, including the history of civilization, archaeology, and biography. The 'D' class encompasses world history with sub-divisions by region (excluding the Americas). History lends itself to an extraordinary insterdisciplinary range, however, so your research may take you into other areas as well.

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Click HERE for a detailed breakdown of the 'D Class', including Africa and Asia.

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