AP European History: Post AP Project

The French army entering Rome, 15 February 1798 by Hippolyte Lecomte (1781-1857)


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Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

START HERE: These resources provide essential background information - who, what, when, where, why, how.

Books / eBooks

(also called secondary sources and monographs)

RhinoCat is the Library's automated catalog of books, ebooks, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCat is available from any browser at http://library.taftschool.org. 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 project.

Primary Sources

  • Search Rhinocat for library books and ebooks containing primary source documents by copying and pasting the following phrase into the basic keyword search, substituting your topic for xxxxxsu,wrdl: personal narratives or su,wrdl: sources or su,wrdl: diaries and kw,phr: xxxxx
  • Primary source databases
  • See Taft Online Subscription Databases  and Websites below for additional resources containing primary sources.
  • See also the course guide Find Primary Sources for more ways to find documents and primary sources in our Library and on the internet.

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Biography in Context Biographies of more than 650,000 individuals from Gale's vast reference collection as well as related full-text articles from journals, magazines and newspapers, audio-visual content, and websites.
  • 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.
  • Modern World History Online Reference articles, biographies, events and topics, primary source documents, timelines, maps and charts, images and videos from the mid-15th century to the present.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library Features the entire magazine archive 1888 - 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.
  • 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.
  • Journal article databases
    • Academic Search Complete Access full-text articles in thousands of magazines and journals. Tip: Limit your search to Full Text, Articles, and language.
    • JSTOR Extensive backfiles of full-text scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and sciences.


Wikipedia's general disclaimer: "Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields." 

Limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:gov OR site:edu OR site:ac.uk  (gov for U. S. government agencies; edu for educational institutions in the U.S.; ac.uk for educational institutions in the United Kingdom) 

* see the course guide Find and Evaluate Websites for more information