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Core Curriculum – Historical Studies

Everyone who graduates from UST is required to take a history class.  At least one.  And it’s a very good thing because, as the saying goes,  those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. There are many history classes that fulfill the history requirement and in that same vein, the library has many history resources.  I’ll try to restrain myself, but it’s a field of study that interests me.

History dictionaries and encyclopedias are a great way to get a sense of the who, what, why, where.

  • Blackwell Reference Online – History  an online library of background works. The collection is especially rich on topics related to the history of the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • Oxford Reference Online – History  an online collection of background resources on a wide variety of historical topics.  Some entries are brief, others are extensive.
  • African American Studies Center contains articles on all aspects of the African-American experience along with images, primary sources, time lines, maps, tables, and reference resources.

If you prefer watching history,  these video packages cover world and American history, primary sources (news reels, news clips, etc.) and secondary sources (documentaries).  You can find Ken Burns’ Civil War here, or WWII newsreels or the Complete History of US Wars.

We have many specialized resources, encyclopedias only of China or Africa or an entire encyclopedia devoted to American immigration.   A great way to find dictionary or encyclopedia articles on a history topic is to do a Summon search and limit it to CONTENT TYPE/REFERENCE.  This searches the contents of the online dictionaries and encyclopedias we have.  You can be as broad or as general as you would be in a Google search.   Remember to click MORE under CONTENT TYPE to get to REFERENCE.  To see a list of recommended resources, check out the History databases.  Or find a guide created just for your class under Research Guides.


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