Are you familiar with the fabulous reference sources for world history in the World History Resource Center and Virtual Reference Library? If not, you’re missing out! I’ve attached a PDF that lists the world history reference sources in these two databases (download: globalstudies_ref_whrc_vrl)

One of my favorites is the 21-volume History in Dispute series. It focuses on historical issues about which scholars disagree. Reading their arguments is thought-provoking and can help generate ideas for a research topic of your own. The MW library owns a print set too, but if you know a little trick, you can access it from home. Here’s what you do…

  1. Go to the World History Resource Center
  2. Switch from basic to advanced search
  3. Enter your search term(s) – for example, Kurds. Remember to start with a general topic and add terms only as necessary to narrow your results. Databases are smaller universes than the World Wide Web.
  4. In the search box below your search term(s), select Source from the drop-down menu and type the title of the source you’d like to search (or a title key word, such as dispute for History in Dispute).
  5. Search

For the example search (Kurds/source – dispute), one of your results would be scholarly pro/con essays regarding the creation of an independent Kurdish state.

Another reminder – you must search WHRC directly – the results are not included in a PowerSearch.

In contrast, articles from the e-books in the Virtual Reference Library WILL show up in a PowerSearch under the Books tab. You may also go to the Gale database main menu and open VRL directly to limit your search to these e-books or select an e-book from the title list (click Show All to view the complete list) and browse its table of contents, etc.

Happy researching! Don’t you just love learning?!

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