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History is the gathering, organizing, and interpretation of evidence (documentary, physical, or authoritative oral report) of past events. To be manageable, the general field can be divided in many ways, so researchers should be aware that the geographic division in these subject guides between American and world history is rough and contested. Many kinds of information sources, such as news sources and government documents, may be primary sources for some purposes but secondary sources for others.

The databases listed on this page are useful for general history research.

Getting started with academic research | Recommended databases | U.S. history | World history | Primary sources

    Bruce Pencek

  •     Bruce Pencek
  • Bruce Pencek
  • College Librarian for Social Sciences & History
  • (540) 231-2140
  • (540) 231-2140 (Newman Library 3050 office -- for most purposes)
  • 3050 Newman Library, 560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001


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