World history: Recommended starting points

World history at Virginia Tech

World history brings a global perspective to the study of historical events anywhere, but information resources tend treat world history as a catch-all, geographically as history of everywhere outside North America (see the American history subject guide) and chronologically as beginning in the European Renaissance. For earlier periods, see the Classical studies and Medieval and early modern studies subject guides.  For prehistory and archaeology, see the guide for anthropology.

Background: overviews and themes in world history

Finding the scholarly literature and sources

Indexes to popular literatures

Academic journal archives