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The library has lots of resources for people doing research in World History. This guide will point out the ones that I think will be most useful in helping you do research.
If you have any ideas about how to make this guide better, please get in contact with me (my contact information is just to the right).
BU Library QuickLinks
Search for the title of a journal in Ulrichsweb to see if the journal is peer-reviewed (they call it refereed). If you see a little black and white jersey icon then the journal is peer-review. You still have to make sure that the article in the journal is a peer-reviewed article.
Introduction to Research Tools in World History
In order to do good historic research, you need to understand the context of your topic. To get this broad understanding of your topic you should read your textbook and have a look at an encyclopedia or dictionary (we call them reference books). Follow this link to learn more about Reference Books.
After you have done this, I would suggest you start looking for books on your topic. A book will cover more aspects of your topic, giving you a better understanding of how your specific topics fits into its historic context. Follow this link to learn more about Finding Books.
Only after you have gained this understanding should you look for journal articles. Journal articles will focus on very specific aspects of your topic. It might be difficult for you to understand them if you do not have the background knowledge to place them into context. Follow this link to learn more about Finding Journal Articles.
Lastly, some research will require you to locate primary documents. If you need to do so, click on the Primary Documents Tab for details. Follow this link to learn more about Finding Primary Sources.
Historical Abstracts (EbscoHOST)
Covers 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 - Coverage: 1955 -
JSTOR Journals Collection
Includes more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published.
Bibliography of British and Irish History Online
Provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available.
, Business Administration
, Classical and Modern Languages
, English and Creative Writing
, Gender and Women’s Studies
, Native Studies
, Political Science
, Rural Development
, Visual and Aboriginal Art