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HIS 117 & 118 - World Civilizations

This guide provides resources to support students studying the world's major civilizations.

Scholarly Articles

Scholarly journal articles are written by academics or experts in a particular field or discipline to communicate with other academics or experts in that field or discipline. These journals share ideas and theories, research findings, and more while helping readers stay current on developments in that field or discipline.

Additionally, scholarly articles are cited properly in the form of a bibliography or footnotes and in-text citations. They are found in journals published by a professional association or academic press, and are professional in appearance, with no spelling or grammatical errors, advertisements, or unrelated images.

For more helping finding and recognizing scholarly articles, check out our FAQ: How do I find a scholarly article?

Recommended Databases

The Shapiro Library subscribes to many databases filled with scholarly articles, book chapters, research reports, statistics, and more. These are some of the recommended databases for doing research on the subjects of history and civilizations. For tips on searching within a database, see Search Tips. You can see a complete list of all the databases the library subscribes to on our A - Z Database List.

Request through Interlibrary Loan

We don't have what you need? You can use our Interlibrary Loan service to obtain resources not owned by the library.

To place a request, please log in to your Interlibrary Loan account using your mySNHU user name and password. Most requests are filled within 3-5 business days, but it can take 7-15 business days for requests to be filled.

Before placing an Interlibrary Loan request, please check the Online Library Catalog or Periodical Finder to be sure that we don't already own the material you are requesting. You can also reach out to a librarian by chat, email at, or by phone, to see if we already have access to an alternative resource that you can use in your research.