History: Recommended starting points

History at Virginia Tech

History is the gathering, organizing, and interpretation of evidence (documentary, physical, or authoritative oral report) of past events. To be manageable, the general field can be divided in many ways, so researchers should be aware that the geographic division in these subject guides between American and world history is rough and contested. Many kinds of information sources, such as news sources and government documents, may be primary sources for some purposes but secondary sources for others.

Reference collections and background information

Indexes to historical scholarship

Indexes to archives

Find out about people in history

Social Sciences & History Librarian

Bruce Pencek
3050 Newman Library (MC 0434)
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office hours:
Tu 2-4 pm,
Wed 1-3 pm,
and by appointment
(540) 231-2140

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