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Includes such titles as Ancient Europe, 8000 BC to AD 1000: Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World, Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000, Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture, and Encyclopedia of Russian History.


EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from W. Europe - Select a country for a listing of national historical documents.

Europeana: Think Culture - "Anyone in the world can now access over 14 million digitised books, maps, photographs, paintings, film and music clips from cultural institutions across Europe through Europe's digital library Europeana." Some items are not available for free.  Choose the language you want on the front page.

From Stalinism to Pluralism: A Documentary History of Eastern Europe since 1945. (2nd floor, 947.084 St67) New York: Oxford, 1991.

Classical History

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Includes titles such as Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World, and Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization.


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Includes titles such as Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance.


A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance. (Ref 940.2 R843) Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002.

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. (Ref 940.2 G865) 6 vols. New York: Scribner's, 1999.

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Enlightenment and Revolution

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Includes titles such as Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000, and Europe 1789-1914.

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Bodleian Library Maps are scanned and available. Please note the copyright restrictions.

A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars. (Ref 940.27022 Es65) New York: Praeger, 1964.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution - "With 12 topical essays, 250 images, 350 text documents, 13 songs, 13 maps, a timeline, and a glossary..." Searchable.

Internet Library of Early Journals - For actual scanned journals on the Web for England and Scotland. Included are:Annual Register (1758-78), The Builder (1843-9), Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1843-52), Gentleman's Magazine(1731-50), Notes and Queries (1849-69), Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (1757-77). Search within each journal, or browse by general date.

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A Pocket Guide to Writing in History(also called Rampolla)
(7th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 907.2 R148

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) - A guide from the SMC Library

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers.

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations 
by Kate L. Turabian (6th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 808.02 T840b 
Reserve Desk: 1st floor 808.02 T840b c.2
Turabian Citation Guide (Web site)

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