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HISTORY: Subject Guide

Search tips and resource suggestions for research in history.

Getting Started

globe-shaped word cloud of history wordsIn this Guide, you'll find:

  • Reference Sources to help you find background information
  • Databases and some select history journals to help you Find Articles
  • Information on searching the catalog, finding ebooks, and some featured resources to help you Find Books
  • Tips for searching for Primary Sources
  • Suggestions for researching U.S. History
  • Suggestions for researching World History, including ancient, Chinese, Indian, and European history

Key Resources

Quick links to best bets

Featured eBook

Find Background Information

Reference sources - great for getting started

Reference sources are a great starting point for research. Reference sources typically provide definitions, give topic overviews, and explain theories. They can also point to additional readings and scholarship. Examples of reference sources include: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guidebooks, manuals, and textbooks. 

Selected Reference Books @ UJ