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World History: Getting Started

This guide covers research materials for all histories except for North America

What to Use this Guide For

This guide is intended to help you get a start on papers and projects in the histories that are not North American.  Given the breadth of world geography, as well as the breadth of transnational ideas, this guide cannot be a complete list of anything anyone might need.  But by using the materials presented, as well as following the advice given on finding other materials, it should help you get a good start.  Please feel free to email me over particular topics, or  make an appointment for a consultation.

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Finding Reference Sources

You can find lots of materials in our Reference collection to get you started, and to use for topic development.  The collection is located to the right of the Reference Desk.  You can browse by checking the books in the D and G classes.   Some reference books are geographically organized; some are by topic.  Or, you can go to OneSearch, and using searches like Africa and encyclopedia, or Islam and encyclopedia, you can find titles like the following examples:

  • Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society, Toyin Falola and Daniel Jean-Jacques, eds. ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, 2016.3v.              Ref DT14.A3415 2015
  • Countries and Their Cultures, Melvin Ember and Carol R. Ember, eds. Macmillian, New York, 2001 4v.  Ref GN 307.C68 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, Geoffrey P. Megargee, ed. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2009-2012.  2v.      Ref D805 .A2 U55 2009
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, David Levinson & Karen Christensen, eds. Berkshire, New York, 2002.  6v.  Ref DS4.E53 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Prehistory, Peter N. Peregrine & Melvin Ember, eds.  Kluwer, New York, 2001 9v.  Rf GN710.E53 2001
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, John L Esposito, ed.  Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009. 6v. Ref DS35.53.O96 2009


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