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World history

World history brings a global perspective to the study of historical events anywhere, but information resources tend treat world history as a catch-all, geographically as history of everywhere but the Americas (see the American history subject guide) and chronologically as beginning in the European renaissance. For earlier periods, see the Classical studies and Medieval and early modern studies subject guides. The subject guide for Area studies identifies library resources about individual countries and global regions, although historical coverage in those resources generally (though not exclusively) do not extend more than a few decades before the present.

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  • Historical Abstracts from EBSCOhost

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    Historical Abstracts from EBSCOhost

    Historical Abstracts indexes citations, abstracts, and full text from journals, books, and dissertations that cover the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. Full text available as HTML and PDF. The database allows limiting results to specific time periods (not just publication dates). You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1800s-present.  

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  • Iter Bibliography

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    Iter Bibliography

    The Iter Bibliography includes literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). It indexes citations for books, journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts, and discographies), as are citations for dissertation abstracts, and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, Festschriften, encyclopedias, and exhibition catalogues). Use the Check for full text link to connect to Get VText. 1784-present.

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  • History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from EBSCOhost

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    History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from EBSCOhost

    The History of Science, Technology, and Medicine database indexes citations and abstracts of journal articles, conference proceedings, books, dissertations, maps, and other materials on the history of science, medicine, and technology. 1600s-present.  

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