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AP European History: Early Modern Europe, 1600—1800

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Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

Search large collections of reference ebooks simultaneously in these databases: Gale Virtual Reference Library and Salem History. Also: Britannica Academic contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access.

B - C Religion / Philosophy / civilization
D History (Old World, not including the Americas)
E-F History of the Americas
G Geography / Atlases / Recreation / Fashion
H Social Sciences (includes economic and social History)
J Political Science
  • Encyclopedia of political revolutions. Ref JC 491 .E63 1998
  • Encyclopedia of Western colonialism since 1450. Ref JV 22 .E535 2007 3 vols (also an online ebook)
  • European political facts, 1648-1789. Ref JN 9 .B3 1984
  • European political facts, 1789-1848. Ref JN 10 .C65
  • Famous trials in history. Ref K 540 .C39 2012 (also an online ebook)
  • Greenwood encyclopedia of international relations. Ref JZ 1160 .N65 2002 4 vols
  • History of government from the earliest times. Ref JF 51 .F57 1999 3 vols
M - N Music / Fine Arts
P Literature
Q - R Science / Medicine
  • Cambridge world history of human disease. Ref R131 .C233 1993
  • Encyclopedia of medical history. Ref R 133 .M34 1985
  • Encyclopedia of pestilence, pandemics, and plagues. Ref RA652 .E535 2008
  • Science and its times: understanding the social significance of scientific discovery. Ref Q 175.46 .S35 2000 8 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Science, technology, and society : the impact of science from 2000 B.C. to the 18th century. Ref Q125 .S434756 2002 3 vols
S - T - U Agriculture / Technology / Military Sciences

Books / eBooks

RhinoCat is the Library's automated catalog of books, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCat is available from any browser at It is also accessible from your TaftNet homepage. A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits.

TIP: When you identify a book in RhinoCat that sounds useful, open the book's full record, scroll down and click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your research project.

Primary Sources

See the course guide Find Primary Sources for ways to locate documents in our library and online.


  • Britannica ImageQuest Using this Taft subscription database, you can access millions of images which are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.
  • Wikimedia Commons (a collection of over 40 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute)
  • Google Images (click on Tools -- Choose Usage Rights -- Choose Labelled for noncommercial reuse)

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) Full text access to thousands of journals in all disciplines
  • British Periodicals (1681-1937) Full facsimile images of more than 160 periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, and the social sciences.
  • Classroom Video on Demand Provides access to thousands of full-length videos and clips on core-curriculum topics
  • Daily Life Through History (Academic)  This comprehensive collection of primary and secondary sources provides insight into the social history of societies from prehistory to the 21st-century. Includes authoritative content from more than 75 Greenwood reference works and original journal articles from prominent historians.
  • History Reference Center An Ebsco database featuring content from reference books, non-fiction books, and history periodicals. (Tip: Limit to full text and choose World History time period in the Timeline)
  • JSTOR Extensive backfiles of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, many dating back to the 19th century.
  • Modern World History Online Overview essays, biographies, events and topics, primary source documents, timelines, maps and charts, images and videos from the mid-15th century to the present.
  • Oxford Art Online Includes the full text of the 34-volume print edition of The Dictionary of Art plus several other art reference works
  • Oxford Music Online Includes the full text of the 29-volume print edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians plus several other music reference works
  • The Times (London) Digital Archive, 1785-2012 200 years of news in full facsimile images from London's premier newspaper
  • World History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia
  • World History: The Modern Era Covers the history of the world from 1500 to the present. Includes reference articles, media and primary source material.


  • To find reliable websites:
    • Britannica Academic includes links to recommended websites.
    • SweetSearch, A Search Engine for Students searches only credible websites approved by research experts. Note: Ignore first group of results labeled Ad 
    • Limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:edu OR  (edu for educational institutions in the U.S. and for educational institutions in the United Kingdom.)    
    • Here's an example using "urbanization". Think about other terms you can swap in and out.

Updated 11/2018