This Research Guide will help you find information in books, library databases, websites, and primary sources.
Source: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division
Use the search box on the library webpage to find books.
If you're just wanting to browse the shelves, World History books can be found in the 900s.
Books that check out are on the 2nd floor of the library.
Reference books are on the 1st floor. These include specialized encyclopedias and historical atlases. They are often good starting points for research. Here are some examples:
Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece & Rome
Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Medieval World
(included in the Gale Virtual Reference Library database)
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World
Encyclopedia of World War I: a Political, Social, and Military History
(R940.303 WORLD W)
Encyclopedia of World War II: a Political, Social, and Military History
Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East & North Africa
Encyclopedia of India
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
New Encyclopedia of Africa
(R960.03 NEW ENC)
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Library databases contain reliable information that is generally not available elsewhere on the Web. For this class the following databases will be particularly useful. They can be found in the library databases section of the SCC Library homepage. Access from off-campus will require entering your student ID number.
"Primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include but are not limited to: letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, maps, speeches, interviews, documents produced by government agencies, photographs, audio or video recordings, born-digital items (e.g. emails), research data, and objects or artifacts (such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons). These sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret and analyze the past."
Source: Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using, Reference and User Services Association
Located on the 1st floor of the library
Ask a librarian to help you find books that have the following subheadings: correspondence, diaries, interviews, personal narratives, sources, speeches, documents.
Find these databases on the library's Research Databases page.
ArtStor - collection of art images, including photographs, manuscripts and maps
Salem Press - full text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary
History Reference Center - search results often include primary sources
You can get help with your research by chatting online with a librarian (available 24/7), by emailing us (email@example.com), or by calling the SCC Library Reference Desk at (509) 533-8821 during our normal business hours.
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