World History Research Guide


Use bibliographies from the background sources to identify books on your topic. Use the authors and titles of these books as well as key words and topic phrases you identified earlier to look up books on the BYU Library Catalog. Find published bibliographies on the catalog by doing an “Advanced Search.” Put keywords from your topic in the “Keyword” field. Then type the word “bibliography” in the “Subject” field. For current bibliographies check Bibliographic Index: A Cumulative Bibliography of Bibliographies (New York: H.W. Wilson, 1937-), Gen Ref: Z 1002 .B595. Published in April, August and December, this is organized by detailed subject categories. Index includes not only separate published bibliographies, but also bibliographies from books, pamphlets, and journals. For your convenience, I have provided below a list of general bibliographies for World History.


American Historical Association’s Guide to Historical Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. [Soc Sci Ref Desk: D 20 .X1 A627 1995]. Attempt to select the best books, periodicals and libraries for all countries and periods.

Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature. This publication provides a selective and critical review of recent historical books, journals and articles covering all periods of history. The Lee Library has 1966-1999. [Soc Sci Ref: D 5 .X1 H65].

Historical Periodicals Directory. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 1981. A directory of historical publications arranged by country of publication. Volume 5 has title, subject and geographic index. [Soc Sci Ref: D 20 .H654x].

World History Research
Strategy Steps:

Guide Introduction
Choose a Topic
Find Background Information
Narrow Your Topic and Form a Research Question
Find Research Materials
Evaluate and Cite Sources
Formulate a Thesis Statement
Write the Paper

International Bibliography of Historical Sciences. Lee Library has 1926-1992. Bibliography of European and American books and articles on all countries and periods. [Soc Sci Ref Index Table: D 5 .X1 I61].

By Country or Region

World Bibliographical Series. Oxford: Clio Press. Individual volumes focus on a single country and introduce its culture, history, place in the world, and unique qualities. The annotated bibliography is divided into topical chapters appropriate for the particular country. Most volumes contain between 500 and 1,000 entries. This is a good starting point for historical research of any country.

American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies. ABSEES covers North American (U.S. and Canadian) scholarship on East-Central Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union. It contains bibliographic records for journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, online resources, and selected government publications.

Annotated Guide to Current National Bibliographies. Alexandria, Va.: Chadwyck-Healey, 1986. [Gov. Docs: Z 1002 .B4714].

Annual Bibliography of British and Irish History, 1975-. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 30 .X1 A5].

Bibliographie Annuelle de L’histoire de France du Cinquième Siècle à 1939. [Soc Sci Ref: DC 38 .X1 B53]. Aims to provide a comprehensive listing of new research in French history. Covers fifth century A.D. to 1958 (originally 1939).

Bibliography of Asian Studies. For general subject of Asian studies written in Western languages, including monographs, articles and book chapters published since 1971.

Bibliography of British History 1914-1989. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 566 .R63x].

European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies .EBSEES is for researchers interested in European scholarship on Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union. The database covers materials published in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Guide For Research in Early Modern European History at Brigham Young University. Provo: De Lamar Jensen, 1988. [Soc Sci Ref: D 57 .X1 J46 1988]. Still contains relevant and useful information.

Handbook of Latin American Studies. Online bibliography maintained by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

International African Bibliography, 1979-. [Soc Sci Ref: DT 3 .X1 I58]. Books, articles, and papers on all aspects of African studies are organized by broad geographical regions and by subjects within those sections.

Jahresberichte für Deutsche Geschichte, 1954- [Soc Sci Ref: DJK 1 .X1 A43x]. For all aspects and periods of German history, this serial bibliography, published in German, is the most complete listing.

Latin American Studies: A Basic Guide to Sources. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1990. [Soc Sci Ref: F 1408 .X1 L378].

Middle East: Abstracts and Index, 1978-. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 41 .M44].

Writings on British History, 1901-. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 30 .X1 W 74].

By Period

Guide to Sources in Medieval History. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1978. [Soc Sci Ref: D 117 .C2213].

Introduction to Ancient History. Berkley: University of California Press,1970. [Soc Sci Ref: D 62 .X1 B413].

International Medieval Bibliography, 1967-. [Soc Sci Ref: D 117 .X1 I63]. Published in January and July, lists articles, notes, and essays, but not books on medieval topics. Covers A.D 450-1500. About 1,000 journals and some 100 festschriften are surveyed.

Medieval Studies: A Bibliographical Guide. New York: Garland, 1983. [Soc Sci Ref: CB 351 .X1 C76].