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History (World)

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Credo Reference Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase eref ebook

CREDO provides online access hundreds reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.) in all subject areas. This is a good place to look up a quick fact or to search for background information on a topic.

Books and More
Books are an excellent source of research for world history.  The Miller Center Library's collection of books, videos, and more can be searched using MnPALS .  Books related to world history are mostly going to be located primarily on the second floor at call numbers starting with D.  Specific topics can be found at: 

BR305 Reformation
CB361-369 Renaissance
D731-838 World War, 1939-1945
DE1-100 The Greco-Roman World
DS41-66 Middle East History
DS701-799.9 China History 
DS801-897 Japan History
DT1-3415 Africa
F1201-3799 Latin America
Journal Articles

To find journal articles, start with Historical Abstracts, a database that specifically contains journals related to world history.  JSTOR and Project Muse are multidisciplinary databases, but can be limited to just history journals but using the Advanced Search option. 

Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource findit database
Search over 2,000 scholarly journals covering the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
Provides access to scholarly journals in anthropology, ecology, economics, education, general science, history, literature, mathematics, political science, philosophy, and more. Some journals have "moving wall" access that does not include the most recent 2-5 years.

Project Muse Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
Full-text access to more than 150 scholarly journals and eBooks in all disciplines published by Johns Hopkins University and several other university presses.

Search Tips for Library Databases:

  • Search by concepts, taking out common words like effect, affect, good, bad, etc.
  • Using AND focuses or limits your search (you get fewer results). Using OR broadens or expands your search (you get more results).
  • Use * to search for different word endings (child* searches child, child's, children, children's but also childbirth) and plurals.
  • Use quotation marks around phrases.
  • Try the Advanced Search. Change the "field" you are search using the pull down menu (for example, search for keywords only in the "Title" of an article).
Primay Sources
Many primary sources can be found online using the following webpages.  Primary sources can also be located in print in the Miller Center Library can be located using MnPALS by combining keywords about your topic with these keywords: personal narratives, diaries, letters, reminiscences, correspondence, sources, speeches, notebooks, anecdotes, interviews, oral histories.

Avalon Project at the Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy
A collection of primary source (full-text) documents particularly rich in legal and diplomatic history. Organized by period and topic and searchable by keyword, this collection is well edited and high quality. Documents include internal links to materials referenced in the text (Diana Hacker, 2003).

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe
A wealth of primary source material from 22 countries (plus Vatican City). Sites are sorted by country and listed chronologically. Available sources include letters, facsimilies of paintings and photographs, journals, and official documents

Times (London) Digital Archive Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
Complete fulltext, including birth and death notices, advertisements, etc. of the The Times (London) from 1785 to 1985. The content covers almost every event in the world during that period.
Featured Books
KL : a history of the Nazi concentration camps
D804.3 .W325 2015 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
An integrated account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through their demise, seventy years ago, in the spring of 1945. The Third Reich has been studied in more depth than virtually any other period in history, and yet until now there has been no history of the camp system that tells the full story of its broad development and the everyday experiences of its inhabitants, both perpetrators and victims.

Ravensbrück: life and death in Hitler's concentration camp for women
D805.5.R38 H45 2014 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
Traces the sobering history of World War II's largest female concentration camp, revealing the torturous experiences and deaths of thousands of women prisoners of more than twenty nationalities.
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Related Guides
Social Studies 
Provides resources for citing sources, writing annotated bibliographies and literature reviews, and doing Social Science research.

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Primary Sources

HIST 361 - Latin America, 1492-1825
HIST 362 - Latin America since 1825
Citing Sources
Chicago Manual of Style
Print Location: READY REF Z253 U69 2003
Online reference source for the Chicago Manual of Style. The Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide is particularly helpful. Official print manual is available in the Ready Reference section of the library, 1st floor. Latest edition is 15th, 2003.

Chicago Manual of Style (OWL at Purdue)
Provides examples of formatting papers, in-text citations, footnotes and endnotes, and reference lists according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
READY REF BF76.7 .P83 2019
Official manual for APA documentation. Available in print only, in the Ready Reference section of the library, 1st floor. Latest edition is 7th edition, 2019.  

APA Formatting and Style Guide from OWL at Purdue
Provides examples of formatting papers, in-text citations, footnotes and endnotes, and reference lists in APA style. Updated according to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


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