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Africa and the Middle EastAsiaClassical StudiesEuropeLatin AmericaMedieval StudiesDallas and TexasUnited States
HIST 1322: Greek Mythology and HistoryHIST 3324: The Mexican Americans, 1848 to the PresentHIST 3377: History of South AfricaHIST 4300: Woodland Indians' New WorldHIST 4300: History of France and England, 1500-1800HIST 5397/HIST 6322: Twentieth-Century Chinese Nationalism and TransnationalismHIST 6300: HistoriographyHIST 6309: Seminar in North American Borderlands
HIST 1322: Inquisitors, Heretics and WitchesHIST 2355: History of the Ancient Near East and EgyptHIST 3310: The Founding Fathers and SlaveryHIST 3365: Gods, Ghosts, and Magic in Ancient RomeHIST 3366: The VikingsHIST 3366: World War I in EuropeHIST 3390: Modern Middle East, 1914-PresentHIST 4300: Overcoming ApartheidHIST 4300: The Spanish Civil WarHIST 5331/6326: Mexican-American History and Historiography
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Studying History

The study of history offers students an opportunity to investigate the past, gain perspective on the present, and develop their critical faculties and imaginations. By examining how and why things change over time, history provides an integrating principle for the entire learning process; students gain a sense of human development and interrelatedness.

 

Using This Guide

This guide offers useful resources for researching and writing history. Click on the tabs above for detailed lists of resources arranged according to type of source ("primary" vs. "secondary"), course being offered, subfield of history, etc. There are also pages on searching and Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Key Databases

The following databases are essential to finding the scholarly articles that are often required for historical research:

  • America: History and Life
    If you are exploring a topic on the history of the United States or Canada, search this database.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Historical Abstracts is the first place to go for articles on the history of all areas of the world, except the United States.
  • JSTOR
    You will want to search JSTOR, as it provides access to many of the core English-language history journals. All but the last five years are available for most titles.

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