SSI 101: World History 1

Prof. Seyon
Northeast African and West Asian PMNS World Map (Courtesy of DePauw University)

This guide is designed to help you research [insert class name] topics. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome! (add any course specific information if needed)
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

Greco-Roman Civilization

The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian, by Robin Lane Fox. New York: Basic Books, 2006. DE80 .L36 2006
The Roman Empire and its Germanic Peoples, by Herwig Wolfram. Trans. Thomas Dunlap. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997.

Maya Civilization

The Ancient Maya, by Robert J. Sharer and Loa P. Traxler. Stanford, CA: Standford University Press, 2006. F1435 .S53 2006
Daily Life in Maya Civilization, by Robert J. Sharer. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996. F1435 .S54 1996

Near Eastern Civilizations

The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh, by David Damrosch, New York, Henry Hollt and Company, 2007. PJ3771 .G6D36 2007
Readings in Ancient History: Thought and Experience from Gilgamesh to St.Augustine, edited by Nels M. Bailkey and Richard Lim, Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002. D52 .R3 2002

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Antiquities
  • Civilization
  • Social history

Reference Books


The Atlas of Languages: The Origin and Development of Languages Throughout the World, edited by Bernard Comrie, Stephen Matthews and Maria Polinsky, New York: Facts On File, 1997. REF P107 .A87 1997
Oxford Atlas of the World, New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. REF G1021 .A7545 2003


  • Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiques, edited by William Smith, Boston: Milford House, 1973. REF DE5 .S6 1973
  • Live od the Tudor Age, by Ann Hoffman, New York: Barnes & Noble, 1977. REF DA317 .H65


  • The Encyclopedia of World History, edited by Peter N. Stearns, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Covering historical periods: Prehistoric Times; Ancient and Classical Periods, 3500 B.C.E.-500 C.E.;The Postclassical Period 500-1500; The Early Modern Period, 1500-1800; The Modern Period, 1789-1914; The World Wars and the Interwar Period, 1914-1945; Contemporary Period, 1945-2000. REF D21 .E578 2001
  • The Cambridge Ancient History, edited by I.E.S. Edwards, C.J. Gadd and N.G.L. Hammond, 3rd ed., New York, Cambridge:University Press, 1974. REF D57 .C25 1970
  • The Cambridge Medieval History, edited by J.R. Tanner, C.W. Previte-Orton and Z.N. Brooke, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1964. REF D117 .C32
  • The Cambridge Modern History, edited by A.W. Ward, G.W. Prothero and Stanley Leathes, New York: Cambrdige University Press, 1902. REF D208 .C34
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia Online, indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each record may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas. This database is updated annually.


In library journals and magazines.
  • National Geographic Magazine, general information under human geography and anthropology.
  • Americas, covering cultures in Latin American countries.


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.
Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies.
  • Religion and Philosophy , covering world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious studies, epistemology, polical philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy, and history of philosophy.
  • Biography, a comprehensive database of biographical information on more than 275,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
  • Military & Government Collection, designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites.

Websites/ Open Access Journals


  • Map Online, created by Map Google
  • Human Prehistory, class materials created by Washington State University, overview of Human Evolution; Hominid Species Timeline; Human Physical Characteristics
  • Prehistoric Art, created by Prof. Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe.
  • Ancient India, prepared by The British Museum. Covering information about Buddha, Early Hinduism, Indus Valley Civilization.

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