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This site focuses on general World history.  If you are looking for specific areas of history, please check the drop-down for subtopics.

Beginning your research

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Browse general encyclopedias and handbooks:

World History Encyclopedia (from Credo Reference)


Find Articles


Discover articles from many of our databases.


Or search particular databases such as:


General History


Atlas of World History. (Ref 911 Ob6) New York: Oxford University, 1999.

World Digital Library - Links to photographs, journal articles, books, manuscripts and sound recordings from all around the world.

Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages. (Ref 355.09 H766) New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Dictionary of the Middle Ages . (Ref 909.07 St82) 13 vols. New York: Scribner, 1982-1989.

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. (Ref 940.2 G865) 6 vols. New York: Scribner's, published in association with the Renaissance Society of America, 1999.

German History in Documents and Images - from the German Historical Institute.  Primary source documents range in date from 1500 to the current time.

Internet Women's History Sourcebook - A look at women throughout world history, from Fordham University.

Eye Witness - "History through the eyes of those who lived it." First person sources for historical events up to 1945. Includes World Wars, Civil War, Wounded Knee, Old West, Medieval Europe, and more. There is an index for easy access.

Pacifica Radio Archives - an online source for interviews and other audio, providing excellent primary sources for a variety of events worldwide.

World History in Documents: A Comparative Reader. (2nd floor 909 St31) New York: New York University Press, 1998.

World History Sources - An organized and annotated list of Web links for primary source discovery, arranged chronologically. From George Mason University.


There are a variety of biographies in print in the reference room, including:

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives (Ref 920 J135) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998-

Great Lives from History (Ref 920.02 M272) Pasadena: Salem, 1990.

HIST 100 / Slavery in World History 1500-present

Books and Videos

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Background Articles/Encyclopedia entries 

The Cambridge World History of Slavery - Excellent authoritative essays from scholars, from Cambridge Histories Online.

Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895 from the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass - Scholarly entries great for background on a variety of subjects, from Oxford Reference Online..

An Eyewitness History of Slavery in America from Colonial Times to the Civil War (Ref 326.0973 Sch58) NY: Facts on File, 2001.

The Routledge History of Slavery - Authoritative essays on broad issues and geographic regions from Routledge Handbooks online.


Scholarly Articles

World history scholarly research.


Will have some historical research here, but primarily 19th century forward. Includes access to government documents and public policy statements.

More current reports, pre-published scholarly literature, statistical studies, case studies.


Discover articles from many of our databases.


Newspapers (historical and contemporary)

Search in world newspapers



Global Report on Trafficking in Persons - From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 2009.

Trafficking in Persons - Report from the U.S. State Department, year by year beginning in 2001.

Human Rights and Human Trafficking - a fact sheet from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner.

Social Issues

Cambridge World History of Human Disease (2008) - Available online.

Encyclopedia of Religion. (Ref 203 EL41) 16 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1987.

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. (Ref 940.5472 G985) 4 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1990.

Genocide Studies Program - From Yale University, a focus on genocide issues world-wide. Browse by country.

Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present (Ref 956.93 B257) New York: Knopf, distributed by Random House, 1992.

INCORE Internet Country Guides - "Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity" or INCORE, brings scholarly information on ethnic conflicts in selected countries. Includes: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and others.

International Institute of Social History - Labor history with an international scope. Includes a catalog of the library's holdings, imprints, Web links to a Virtual Library site on Business and Labour History, tables of contents for theInternational Review of Social History from 1995 to the present, and much more.

Women's World: A Timeline of Women in History. (Ref 305.409 F847) New York: HarperPerennial, 1995.

Primary Sources for World History

There is no one place to find primary sources as the primary sources depend on the type of research you are doing. These are general links to primary sources for world history.

Eyewitness to History - The sources are pulled from interviews, books, newspapers, to give an idea of who saw what during an historical event.

Historic Moments - "Each exhibition tells a story using documents, photos, videos and in some cases personal accounts of events." From Google Cultural Institute.

Internet History Sourcebooks - "The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use." The site links to sourcebooks for ancient, medieval, and modern history, with smaller sourcebooks for ethnicities, gender studies, and more. From Fordham University.

National Archives - United States National Archives has a featured exhibits page. Many of their sources are documents relating to the history of the US, but there are also photographs and other records here as well. Not all are accessible online.

New York Public Library Digital Collections - Over half a million prints, photographs, documents, maps, and ephemera in a variety of topics and themes.

Primary Source Collections - From the Library of Congress, a running list. Most of the images and documents are digitized from special collections.

World Digital Library - a giant library catalog taking searchers to digital objects such as photographic images, artwork, and scanned documents.

Timelines of History

Chronology of the History of Slavery: 1619 to 1789 - Heavy in text, and low in graphics, this is a chronology that is broken down into time periods. Can take awhile to load, as the pages are very large. References take you to various studies that relate to the time period, or subject discussed.

Chronology of World Slavery. (Ref 326.09 R618) Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1999.

Includes The People's Chronology

Press and Speech Freedoms in the World, from Antiquity until 1998: A Chronology. (Ref 344.0531 In4) Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Writing and Citing

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History(also called Rampolla)
(8th edition)
Reference: 1st floor 907.2 R148a

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

Citation Management Software

Consider getting the Firefox (browser) extension called Zotero to better manage your online citations. You can also use Mendeley.   Both are free!

Writing Assistance

Tutorial on how to create an annotated bibliography (from Credo)


Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by the first floor of DeLaSalle, or call us: 925.631.4684