The UCR Library collects extensive electronic and print resources to support History students and faculty in their research. The collection includes both primary and secondary sources in the UCR History Department’s areas of historical concentration: Ancient and Medieval, Europe, United States, Latin America, and Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. We offer subject-specific educational services at the library and also provide access to information from the UC Libraries System and beyond.

Conducting Research

Books & Articles

Books are useful for getting a broad introduction or background information for topics in history. Search by topic keywords in the  Scotty (UCR) catalog  or the  Melvyl (UC) catalog.

Scholarly articles are carefully evaluated (peer-reviewed) by subject experts to provide reliable and credible information. Locate history articles by searching in the  history discipline databases. The most popular databases are listed on this page.

Specialized Resources

Primary Sources
Historians often utilize primary sources in their research. Primary sources include newspapers, diaries, letters, oral histories, autobiographies, and interviews. Secondary sources include biographies, journal articles, and scholarly books. For more information on these sources and additional resources, check out how to find primary sources.

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