History

The World History Project

 

Article Indexes

Use the following indexes to find articles in journals, newspapers and magazines. Articles are important in your research as they often contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and focus on a particular aspect of a topic.

To distinguish between scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications, check our guide, Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals.

Key Indexes

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Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
History of the United States and Canada from pre-historic times to the present.
Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
Comprehensive index to scholarly literature on world history from 1450 to present (excluding the U.S. and Canada).
Publication coverage: 1967-
IMB covers all subjects relating to the period of 300-1500 in Europe, North Africa, Armenia and the Muslim World.
Publication coverage: 1924 - present (excluding most recent 2-3 years)
Print holdings: REF PA2 .A613 (v.1-72; 1924-2001)
Comprehensive index to scholarly research covering the second millennium B.C. - 800 A.D.

Other Useful Indexes

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Publication coverage: 1865 - present
Find articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, monographs and reports covering a broad spectrum of topics.
Publication coverage: 1701-1800
Collection of digital reproductions of nearly 150,000 titles and editions published in the UK and the Americas during the 18th century. Includes Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Part II: New Editions.
Full-text access to rare journals printed between 1685 and 1813.
Coverage varies with newspaper
Includes New York Times, Times (London) and more...
Publication coverage: Pre-1925

Index to English-language journals published from the late 1700s to the early 1900s.

Publication coverage: 1802-1995
Facsimile page images and searchable full-text for approximately 500 international and scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
Other Useful Indexes

Books / E-Books

To find books on your topic, search the library catalogue (QCAT). If you have a specific known item, search by title or author, by selecting the appropriate search option.

To find books on a topic, try a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. For further information on performing keyword searches, see the page, Using Boolean Operators and also the section, Finding Books.

After you made a start with keyword searching, it is usually best to continue your search using subject headings.

TIP: if you find a record in QCAT for a relevant book, check the subjects assigned to it to find the headings that best match your topic.

You can also try looking up subject headings before beginning your search, using the red Library of Congress Subject Headings volumes at Research desk in Stauffer Library.

Examples of broad subject headings:

Also, names of particular historical figures:

Or, names of organizations:

Or, particular events (try keyword first to determine the exact Subject Heading):

For the history of a particular geographical area/country, type the name of the country, followed by history:

The headings for the history of countries/places will often be further subdivided, either by time frame:

And / or by sub-topic:

There are some very broad headings used to cover entire historical epochs, such as:

And other sub-headings for an overview of the historical period:

E-Books

The Library subscribes to a number of e-book packages which can be accessed via Databases. Packages that are of interest to history students are:

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Publication coverage: 1880s - present
Provides full-text access to major works in American, European and Middle Eastern history. Topics covered include many aspects of history plus archaeology, area studies, art, folklore, literature, music, philosophy, political science, religion, and women's studies. Records for these books should be in QCAT.
Search and browse access to the full-text of books from scholarly Canadian and international publishers.
Cover-to-cover search and browse access to the full-text of books from various academic publishers. Records for these e-books should be in QCAT but one can go directly to these pagages and search them
Historical reference compendium allows access to the texts of the Cambridge Histories series. Search or browse by topic. Relevant for undergraduates, graduates, lecturers and researchers.
Blackwell publishes a series of books of historiographic essays on many topics in history. They are available online through Blackwell Reference Online.
The Translated Texts for Historians book series makes available historical sources from 300–800 AD translated into English, in many cases for the first time. Now the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library offers this invaluable collection as a digital resource, containing 50 volumes from the series that bring together a wealth of important historical texts with scholarship from leading academics.

Book Reviews

To find book reviews in history, try the following resources:
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Publication coverage: 1865 - present
Find articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, monographs and reports covering a broad spectrum of topics.
Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
History of the United States and Canada from pre-historic times to the present.
Publication coverage: 1965-present
Print holdings: 1965-2011
Selects reviews from a much broader range of periodicals than Book Review Digest.
Publication coverage: 1984 - present (updated monthly)
Offers good coverage of European periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. For best results, andd the phrase "and c.r." (for compte rendu, or "review") to your keyword author or title search.
Publication coverage: 1996-
Publication coverage: 1843 - present
Interdisciplinary index to articles, essays, books and reviews covering the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (i.e. 400 to 1700 AD).
Subscription purchased by MacIsaac Memorial Fund in memory of Vera May MacIsaac, BA 1925
Publication coverage: Varies with publication.
JSTOR only has a sampling of history journals but it can be an excellent source of book reviews. To find them, limit your search to reviews by checking the box - entitled Limit to Type - toward the bottom of the main search page.
Publication coverage: 1851-2009; Index 1851-1993
Digital reproduction of the complete newspaper. Historical New York Times (1851-2009) with Index (1851-1993) "provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times."
Publication coverage: 1996-
From the Institute of Historical Research.
Publication coverage: Varies by title
Like JSTOR, it only indexes a small number of history journals but one can limit your search to book reviews (from the main screen under Additional Search Options, check the box - Reviews Only).
Publication coverage: Science Citation Index: 1900 - present ; Social Sciences Citation Index: 1956 - present ; Arts and Humanities: 1975 - present
To find book reviews, click on Advanced Search and enter your title in the search box, e.g. Ti="America a narrative history". Click on "book review" under the restrict results drop down menu.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Dictionary of Concepts in History
REF D13 .R49 1986

Identifies and discusses key concepts in contemporary historical analysis.

Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century World History
REF D286 .D53 1994t

Includes information about people, cultures, and events of the Enlightenment period.

Dictionary of Historic Documents
REF D9 .D525 2003

Guide to significant documents of the world from ancient times to the present.

Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century World History
REF D356 .D53 1994t

Includes all aspects of political, diplomatic, military, social and economic history, and provides overviews of the cultural and artistic developments of the period.

Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing
REF D14 .E53 1999

Guide to influential historians and historical debates.

Encyclopedia of World History
REF D9 .E53 1998t

Oxford Dictionary of the World
REF G103.5 .O94 1995t

Biographies

Check the subject guide, Biographical Resources

Blackwell Dictionary of Historians
REF D14 .B58 1988t

Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing
REF D14 .E53 1999

Guide to influential historians and historical debate.

Great Historians from Antiquity to 1800: an International Dictionary
REF D14 .G74 1989

Chronologies

Alterna Time

Provides access to many timelines and chronologies.

Chronology of World History
REF D11 .M39 1999

Time period covered is from prehistory to 1998. Sections are organized by time period and then by the topics of Politics, Science, Arts/Ideas and Society.

Timetables of History
D11 .G78 1982

Provides a chronology of seven thousand years of significant moments in history, religion, science, and the arts.

Timelines of War
D25.A2 B76 1994

Chronology of war, revolutions, battles, leaders and weapons from prehistory to 1993.

Atlases / Maps

Oxford Atlas of World History
G1030 .P57 1999b m (SL Maps & Air Photos)

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, Historical Map Web Site

Portal to a variety of cartographical web sites (U. of Texas at Austin).

Rand McNally Historical Atlas of the World
G1030 .H54 1981 maps (SL Maps & Air Photos)

Focus is on European history.

Times Complete History of the World
G1030 .T54 2007 (SL folio)

Primary Sources

http://library.queensu.ca/research/guide/primary-sources

Writing History Papers

Writing the History Paper (Dartmouth College)

Preparation of Historical Essays (Queen’s University)

Writing a Historical Book Review

Writing a Historiographical Paper

History by Region / Topic

http://library.queensu.ca/research/guide/history-region