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World History Encyclopedia (from Credo Reference)


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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

 Search an array of reference ebooks, all with an emphasis on history.  Search using the odd tab on the left side of the screen, and try to limit to an area of search for best results.  For instance, search for disease, and then filter by the World History topic.  The essays and articles are written by scholars and will have great resource lists.

 Find scholarly articles on topics relating to world history.

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.

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




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)
(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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