European History - Western

Pick a research topic

Use dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks to find definitions, introductions and overviews of your topic

Search Omni, the library's main search box to easily find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic.  Remember to refine your search by selecting the following options: Peer-Reviewed Journals, Articles and Subject (optional) to obtain high quality, academic literature.

You can also search databases by subject to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features and search results tend to be more precise.

Key Databases for Journal Articles: 

Additional Databases: 

Dissertations and Theses

Begin with the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources overview.

Searching for primary sources on Omni:

Search your topic (or historical person of interest) using Omni, library's main search box to find primary sources (or reproductions) in our collection. Add the following words to your keyword searches to help identify identify primary materials in the library's collection:

  • Diar* (for diary or diaries)
  • Correspondence
  • Letters
  • Memoir
  • Personal narrative
  • Recollections
  • Reminiscences
  • Journal
  • Sources

 Other search tips:

Historical Newspaper Databases

Primary Sources on the web

Other libraries with significant primary source collections:




Content last reviewed: January 20, 2021