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Subject Librarian:

Rafael Tarrago

This subject covers: all periods of history and all geographical areas. Other related topics are: History, African; History, East Asian; History, European; History, United States.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.

Covers the world's scholarship in history from 1450 to the present.

Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches the most important journals in these subject areas. Covers 1907-1984.

The IMB is an interdisciplinary guide to the study of the Middle Ages, the period 476-1500. Geographic coverage extends across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, covering resources in over 25 languages. Note: The IMB provides downloadable software to view and print non-English diacritics and special characters.
Also available in print in Wilson Reference D111 .I56x

Iter is a bibliography of over 230,000 articles and reviews drawn from over 475 medieval and renaissance journal titles.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

Subject and keyword index to The Times of London. No abstracts.

Indexes, Other

The BGMI contains biographical entries from more than 1,000 current and retrospective biographical reference sources. This figure translates into some 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

Extensive map online map collections from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rand McNally atlas of world history

Times atlas of world history

Biographical Sources

This reference work provides 50,000 specially-written signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000. Licensed for 1 user at a time.


The timetables of history : a historical linkage of people and events Bernard Grun 1901-1972. Werner Stein 1913- 4th ed.. New York : Simon & Schuster 2005




Ancient, medieval, and modern, chronologically arranged. 6th ed., rev. and enlarged with maps and geneal. tables.

"A comprehensive encyclopedia of world history with 538 articles that trace the development of human history with a focus on area studies, global history, anthropology, geography, science, arts, literature, economics, womens studies, African-American studies, and cultural studies related to all regions of the world"

Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848

Information about major world developments from 1750 to the present, with close attention to social, economic, cultural, and political topics. Contains articles on world events; countries; organizations; regions; ethnic groups; and themes such as social history, demography, family life, politics, economics, religion, thought, education, science and technology, and culture. It offers coverage of standard geographic and ethnic units"”such as Scandinavia, Korea, or the Gypsies"”in the modern period. Significant institutions such as the International Red Cross and the League of Nations are treated at length. Each article includes an up-to-date bibliography; the text is complemented by 700 images and 50 maps.

Title: World eras. Related Titles: Series: Gale virtual reference library. Publisher: Detroit : Gale Group Date: 2001-2005 Format: 1 online resource (10 volumes) : illustrations, maps, digital.; online resource Language: English Subjects: World history Description: "A Manly, Inc. book." Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: v. 1. European Renaissance and Reformation, 1350-1600 / edited by Norman J. Wilson -- v. 2. Rise and spread of Islam, 622-1500 / edited by Susan L. Douglass -- v. 3. Roman Republic and Empire, 264 B.C.E.-476 C.E. / edited by John T. Kirby -- v. 4. Medieval Europe, 814-1350 / edited by Jeremiah Hackett -- v. 5. Ancient Egypt, 2615-332 B.C.E. / edited by Edward I. Bleiberg -- v. 6. Classical Greek civilization, 800-323 B.C.E. / edited by John T. Kirby -- v. 7. Imperial China, 617-1644 / edited by Guangqiu Xu -- v. 8. Ancient Mesopotamia, 3300-331 B.C.E. / edited by Ronald Wallenfels -- v. 9. Industrial Revolution in Europe, 1750-1914 / edited by James R. Farr -- v. 10. West African Kingdoms, 500-1590 / edited by Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure.

General Reference Works

Provides full text online access to over 360 volumes of Cambridge Histories reference series published since 1960. Coverage of political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.

A weekly world news digest with of important news stories, providing concise profiles of state, national, and international events; Includes a detailed name and subject index.

Handbooks and Manuals

The Oxford handbook of world history Jerry H. Bentley 1949- Oxford : Oxford University Press 2011 Online access

Add to e-Shelf Reference sources in history : an introductory guide Ronald H. Fritze 1951- Brian E Coutts; Louis Andrew Vyhnanek 2nd ed.. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO ©2004 Available at TC Wilson Library Reference (D20 .F75 2004 )

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

A dictionary of world history Edmund Wright; Oxford University Press. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2006, ©2007, 2015

Gateways & Megasites

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

News Sources

Electronic Full-Text News Sources; Online newspapers; United States and international; Online Collections of Newspaper Links; Online News Services; Newspapers on CD-ROM; Newspapers in Wilson Library(print);Indexes to News Sources; Online Indexes to Articles in Newspapers and News Magazines; Guides to More Information on News Sources. (Some resources linked from this page are available only to students, faculty, and staff of the U of M unless accessing from a U of M campus library.)

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

Basic how-to information on searching for primary sources available online, primarily via subscription databases available to U of M community and campus library visitors. Links to a list of resources A-Z.

This page lists alphabetically online databases that link to primary sources in facsimile or reproduction.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

Includes information on how to read primary and secondary sources; style sheets; grammar for historians; and a paper-writing checklist.

Library Information

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