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Resources for researching the history of the early modern world.

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Bronze rooster, Benin, 16th C.; Posting of Exam Results, ca. 1540, China; Egnazio Danti, Map of Philippines, ca. 1570, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Agnolo Bronzino, Portrait of Maria de’ Medici, 1551, Uffizi, Florence.

This LibGuide will help you find the best scholarly resources for your research on the early modern world (from about 1450 to 1700). 

Use the tabs above to find different types of resources for your research.

For many assignments, it's a good idea to begin with broad information on a topic, and move to more narrowly focused books and articles as you develop your topic. Following the tabs above from left to right will aid you in following this progression.

  1. Use Background Information to help place a topic in context, to define or narrow it, or to clarify a point of confusion. In addition, articles in these books often give list of books and articles for further reading in a section entitled Suggested Reading, Further Reading, Sources, or simply Bibliography.
  2. Use Find Books to find more detailed information. 
  3. Use Find Articles when you have decided on a manageable topic.
  4. You will then want to find and analyze Primary Sources, the historical evidence that supports your thesis.  

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