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Worlds of History (HIST 1062)

This guide serves as a gateway to library research for students enrolled in the Worlds of History course, focusing on the history of world civilizations.

Kean University History Department

Visit the History Departments's web page for excellent "Research Paper" resources:

Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Main Collection

Countries and Their Cultures

Main Collection

Dictionary of World History

Electronic Resource

Encyclopaedia Judaica

Electronic Resource

Encyclopedia of Human Rights

Electronic Resource

Encyclopedia of Media and Politics

Main Collection

Encyclopedia of New Jersey

Electronic Resource

Encyclopedia of Religion in America

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender

Main Collection

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender

Main Collection
Volumes 1-2

Europa World Year Book

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

Handbook of World Families

Electronic Resource

Handbook of World Families

Main Collection

Human Rights and the World's Major Religions

Main Collection

Immigration in U.S. History

Electronic Resource

Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia

Main Collection

Recommended Online Reference Databases

The following databases provide access to online encyclopedias covering multidisciplinary topics. Remember, these subject encyclopedias are great sources of background information on countless topics.

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Recommended Multimedia Databases

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Recommended Statistics Databases

The following databases provide access to statistics and other kinds of data.

Working from off campus? If so, you will need to log in with your Kean Google username and password.