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Browse general encyclopedias and handbooks:

World History Encyclopedia (from Credo Reference)


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Discover articles and books from many of our databases.



Or search particular databases such as:


General History

Includes a variety of titles including World History Encyclopedia (2011)


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.

Disease in World History

 Find scholarly articles on topics relating to world history.

Find some indepth articles in scholarly journals.  This is a journal archive so more current issues of the periodical will not be available here.

Using Proquest (all) means that you are searching multiple databases, including the Historical New York Times and Dissertations and Theses, as well as Sociological Abstracts and PAIS.

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

Medicine, Health, and Bioethics: Essential Primary Sources - An online encyclopedia that focuses on ethical issues relating to health, but does provide background on a variety of issues and diseases.  From ebrary.  Can browse within the book, or do a quick search.

Finding Primary Sources

You can see if there are appropriate news articles in the Historical New York Times (1851- 3 years ago) and San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922).  But in searching for primary sources for diseases, the general Web is also workable.  For example:

Search by domain.  If you know that the World Health Organization had a major impact on eradicating or addressing the disease you are studying try searching (for example): smallpox containment and the results that come up will have the .int in the domain name, in this case, for the World Health Organization, but it could include other reports from other .int organizations.

Search by keyword and evaluate.  Since many of the searches you do will be of international scope and you may not know the domain, try searching by keyword, but look carefully at the results so that you are not just grabbing someone's 6th grade research paper.  For example: india plague British yields an interesting site called the Medical History of British India (sponsored by the National Library of Scotland) which contains links to specific contemporary reports and stories from the late 1800's.

Other sources of interest: Video documentaries that may include interviews of interest, or refer to particular documents that might not otherwise be aware of.  The Library has access to thousands of documentaries via Albert which has cataloged them from Academic Video Online (VAST), Kanopy, and Films on Demand.

Books.  Check Albert and Link+ by typing in some broad search terms: plague documents or plague sources and see what comes up.  Be sure and click through to Link+-- the collection is much larger than Albert.




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.

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.

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

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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