History: Recommended starting points

What's on this page

This main subject guide for history identifies principal resources for historical research at Virginia Tech.

It incorporates some guides to primary sources that also stand on their own: Primary sources online, Social research data sources, and  VT Library's Special Collections & University Archives.  Related, subordinate guides that build off this one include American History,  World history, and Medieval and early Modern studies.  This guide also reproduces tabs in Bruce Pencek's other subject guides: Recent news/journalism/streaming videoAdvice for searching/citing/engaging scholarly literatures; and Accessing VT Libraries' resources from off campus.

This page is organized into these sections: Background sources; Indexes to scholarly historical literature; Indexes to archives; Biographical sources; and contact information for the history librarian.

Reference collections and background information

Indexes to historical scholarship

Indexes to archives

Find out about people in history

Social Sciences & History Librarian

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

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

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