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World History (generally): Home

How to Use this Research Guide

This guide provides tips and links to help you with your world history research.

The tabs across the top of this guide list links (for online resources) and call numbers (for print resources) that you might find useful.

The Library Research Strategies page gives a quick overview on how to do library research.

Use Reference Sources to find background information on your topic, and to locate brief, authoritative information (such as dates or statistics).

The How to Find Books and How to Find Articles tabs provide information on finding secondary sources on your topic. 

And there are links to help you find Primary Source resources, as well as Audio & Visual Sources and News Sources

Nota bene

The UCSB Library has FIVE library research guides that cover the discipline of history.

Links to the other four history research guides are found in the Related History Research Guides box.

You may need to consult more than one of these guides to locate the information resources that cover your topic.

Related History Research Guides

While this guide focuses on world history (generally), the UCSB Library has related history research guides for: 
  • United States History 
  • World History by Period 
    • prehistory & ancient history
    • medieval history
    • early modern history
    • 19th & 20th centuries
  • World History by Region
    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Australia & Oceania
    • British Isles
    • Europe
    • Latin America
    • Middle East
  • World History by Topic
    • Commerce, Commodities & Material Culture
    • Empires, Borderlands & their Legacies
    • Gender & Sexualities
    • Public History
    • History of Public Policy
    • Race & Ethnicity
    • Religion, Culture & Society
    • Science & Technology
You may need to consult more than one of these guides to locate the information resources that best cover your topic.

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