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Finding Books

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History Index/Databases

Dictionaries and Chronologies

  • Chronology of African American History Ref E 185 .H64 Timeline of brief entries from 1492 to the late twentieth century.
  • A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution Ref DC 148 .D5313 1989 Entries are thematic and divided into five major areas. These include events, actors, institutions and creations, ideas, and historians and commentators. A list of further readings and a list of related topics is included after each entry.
  • Dictionary of American Diplomatic History Ref E 183.7 .F5 1989 Contains 1,200 entries which provide basic information about significant people and events associated with U.S. foreign policy from the Revolution through 1988. A brief bibliographic list is included after each entry.
  • Dictionary of the Middle Ages Ref D 114 .D5 Thirteen volumes covering the period from A.D. 500-1500 in the Latin West, the Slavic World, Asia Minor, the lands of the caliphate in the East, and the Muslim-Christian area of North Africa
  • Historical Dictionary of the Korean War Ref DS 918 .H536 1991 This dictionary focuses on "diplomatic and political developments with a secondary emphasis on military affairs." It covers significant people, controversies, military operations, and policy pronouncements. Statistical information and a chronology are included in the appendix.
  • Historical Dictionary of the Spanish Empire 1402-1975 Ref DP 56 .H57 1992 Entries focus on "people, institutions, and colonies of the Spanish empire from Castile's expansion to the Canary Islands in 1402 to the surrender of Spanish Sahara in 1975." A chronology and selected bibliography are included.
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of World History Ref D 9 .H87 1993 Provides coverage of global events from the earliest time period to the present. Entries are "based on 3 main divisions of history -- period, nation, and topic. Major civilizations, events, and leaders, as well as the world's nations have been included."
  • American Diaries Ref Z 5305 .U5 .A74 Two-volume set providing access by place, name, and subject to significant diaries kept between 1492 and 1980. Citations are given to publications (often too old or esoteric to be available online) in which the diaries have been reprinted.


  • American Decades Ref E 169.12 .A419 Part chronology and part encyclopedia, this set devotes one volume to each decade beginning with 1900-1909. Every volume includes is divided into thirteen chapters dealing with broad topics such as the Arts, Fashion, and Government. Each chapter, in turn, is organized into a chronology of world events affecting that topic, major stories in the press, people in the news, deaths, and important publications.
  • The American Revolution, 1775-1783: An Encyclopedia Ref E 208 .A433 1993 This encyclopedia covers the time period from April 1775 to August 1782. Entries focus on battles, significant people, and political and diplomatic themes. A chronology and glossary are included.
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights Ref E 185.61 .E54 Provides over 800 entries on the most significant people, organizations, events, and court cases of the civil rights movement. A brief bibliographic list is included after each entry.
  • Encyclopedia of American History REF E 174 .E53 2003 Eleven volumes providing a broad overview of significant individuals, events, and topics from the 15th century onward. Entries are signed with bibliographies.
  • Encyclopedia of the Confederacy Ref E 487 .E55 1993 This encyclopedia is designed to answer questions about the South from 1861 to 1865. Entries cover a broad range of topics including campaigns and battles, important men and women, as well as the Confederacy's government, economic system, and foreign affairs. Key documents of Confederate history are included in the appendix.
  • Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe Ref DJK 6 .E53 2000 Covers people, places, and events from the Congress of Vienna to the fall of Communism.
  • Encyclopedia of the Holocaust Ref D 804.3 .E53 1990 This encyclopedia is designed to give an overall view of the Jewish holocaust during World War II. One thousand entries are included, many with photographs and maps. A detailed chronology and index are provided.
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture REF F 1406 .E53 1996 Combined efforts of 832 scholars from twenty countries treating nations, regions, people, places, and events. Signed articles with bibliographies.
  • Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies Ref E 45 .E53 1993 This encyclopedia traces the colonial history of what became the U.S. and Canada. Entries are either topical or thematic and "offer thorough coverage of each topic and underscore its significance in the overall development of the economy, society, and culture of colonial North America."
  • Encyclopedia of the Renaissance Ref CB 361 .E52 Covers the period from 1350 through the mid 17th century as a cultural movement as well as an historical epoch. Signed articles with cross references and brief bibliographies.
  • Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations Ref D 860 .M56 2002 The United Nations estimates that only 3% of the world’s 6,000 national groups have achieved statehood. The remainder are discussed in this resource arranged alphabetically from Abaza to Zulians.
  • Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War Ref DS 557.7 .E53 1998 Focuses on the thirty years between 1945 and 1975. Entries cover "significant people, legislation, military operations, and controversies important to the American participation in the Vietnam War." A selected bibliography and maps of Vietnam are provided in the appendix.
  • The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History Ref DK 14 .M6 Entries cover all major facts, events, people, and institutions important to the history of Russia and the Soviet Union. Brief bibliographies are included after most entries.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt Ref DT 58 .O94 2001 Covers prehistoric, predynastic, and dynastic phases of civilization in the Nile Valley.


  • American National Biography Ref CT 213 .A68 1999 Essentially an expansion of the 22 volume Dictionary of American Biography, covering the same period from earliest Colonial times up to the mid twentieth century, but with less emphasis on major figures. Instead the emphasis is on more “ordinary” people and member of racial minorities or ethnic groups previously neglected by scholars.
  • Dictionary of American Biography. Ref E 176 .D56 Scholarly essays on people who have lived in the United States and who have made a contribution to American life. Signed articles include bibliographies. A separate index gives subject, contributor, birthplace, topic and occupation entry to the basic set, volumes 1-20. Supplements bring the set up to date; name index at the back of the most recent supplement is a cumulative guide to them all.
  • Dictionary of National Biography. Ref DA 28 .D47 British model on which the Dictionary of American Biography is based. Contains scholarly signed articles, which include bibliographies. Basic set covers people who died before 1901; supplements bring the set up to date. Cumulative index from 1901 provided at the end of the most recent supplement.
  • Historic World Leaders Ref CT 103 .H57 Biographical sketches of 620 figures not typically covered reflecting a multicultural balance.
  • Notable American Women 1607-1950. Ref CT 3260 .N57 Scholarly essays with bibliographies. Covers 1,350 women, most of whom are not included in the Dictionary of American Biography.
  • Reference Library of American Women Ref CT 3260 .R44 Functions as a continuation of Notable American Women 1607-1950, providing coverage of women overlooked by the earlier work and those too recent to have been included.


  • European Historical Statistics Ref HA 1107 .M5 1975 Covers climate, population and vital statistics, labor force, agriculture, industry, external trade, transportation and communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970 Ref HA 202 .B87 Summarizes vital statistics and data on economics and cultural life in the United States.
  • Statistical Record of Native North America Ref E 98 .P76 .S73 Useful and seldom seen data; although the emphasis is on the last hundred years, some tables date back to the late 15th century. Earlier statistics may be based in part on subjective impressions or anecdotal evidence.
  • Soviet Statistics Since 1950 Ref HA 1444 .P63 1991 Covers population and labor, industry, energy, agriculture, and foreign trade.

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