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Internet Resources
ABZU: Guide to Resources for the Study of the Ancient Near East Available on the Internet.
Links to thousands of sites in history, with indexes by author and affiliation as well as by topic. Resources include primary and secondary sources, information on archaeological digs, book and film sources, and book reviews. This is a truly exhaustive list from the Research Archives of the Oriental Institute in Chicago.

Gateway to World History.
Provides resources for the study and teaching of world history, including archives of historical documents, information on courses and departments, and professional resources for historians. A "tree" of links to online resources is organized geographically, and a page is devoted to discussion groups in world history and their links.

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies.
An enormous network of medieval studies resources on the Internet, sponsored by Georgetown University. Both primary and secondary sources are included. Links are annotated, and users can perform a search within the site.


Library Resources
The Blackwell Companion to the Enlightenment.
Oxford: Blackwell, 1991.

Offers brief articles, generally with bibliographies, on topics, themes, major figures, and ideas of the Enlightenment.

Cambridge History of Africa. 8 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982-.
Covers African history chronologically in some depth. Use the table of contents and indexes for access. Other Cambridge History works cover many countries and continents.

Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean. 3 vols. New York: Scribner's, 1988.
Provides lengthy articles that introduce many facets of the classical world. Each article is followed by a helpful bibliography.

Civilizations of the Ancient Near East. 4 vols. New York: Scribner's, 1995.
A collection of essays on the culture and history of Egypt, Syro-Palestine, Mesopotamia, and Anatolia. The work includes some coverage of Arabian, northeast African, Aegean, and Anatolian cultures as well as extensive bibliographies.

Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine. 2 vols. New York: Routledge, 1993.
Includes essays on body systems and how they have been perceived through time, theories of illness (including the history of specific diseases and their treatments), clinical history, and medicine in society and culture.

Dictionary of the Middle Ages. 13 vols. New York: Scribner's, 1982-89.
An encyclopedia covering people, events, ideas, movements, texts, and cultural features of the medieval world. Articles are often illustrated with period artwork and are followed by bibliographies of primary and secondary sources.

Encyclopedia of Asian History. 4 vols. New York: Scribner's, 1988.
Discusses people, places, events, and topics in detailed and well-documented essays covering central Asia, southern Asia, and the Far East.

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. 4 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1990.
Offers lengthy articles on people, places, events, and concepts related to the Holocaust, each followed by a selective bibliography.

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. New York: Facts on File, 1987.
Offers brief articles that define and describe people, places, and topics related to the Renaissance; more properly described as a dictionary than an encyclopedia.

Historical Abstracts. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1955-.
Provides abstracts of articles and other materials published on world history from 1450 to the present, excluding North America, which is covered in America: History and Life. Available in electronic format.

New Cambridge Modern History. 14 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1957-79.
Covers world history from 1493 to 1945 chronologically and by topic, giving detailed and lengthy narrative surveys of the times. Similar works published by Cambridge University Press cover ancient and medieval history.

Oxford Companion to World War II. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Offers fairly substantial summary articles on topics, people, places, and events related to World War II; includes a chronology and maps.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation. 4 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Covers people, places, events, documents, and ideas relevant to the Reformation in lengthy, scholarly articles. Each reflects current research and interpretation and is followed by a selective bibliography.

Times Atlas of World History. 4th ed. New York: Hammond, 1993.
Offers geographic representations — on more than 600 maps — of historical periods and movements, such as the spread of world religions, the industrial revolution, and European expansion overseas. The maps are supplemented by explanations and discussions of each period.

The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. By Bernard Grun. 3rd ed. rev. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991.
Provides chronological tables listing what happened worldwide in politics, religion, the arts, science, and daily life in a given year. This work provides an interdisciplinary and global picture of a period.

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