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Research Guides

Location of Materials

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a. Chronological

History collects material covering all periods of history from ancient to the present. Materials dealing with the very recent past are collected by Political Science and Sociology. Prehistory is generally the domain of Archaeology.

b. Geographical

There are no geographic limitations though there is less emphasis on parts of the world that are not actively taught or researched by UW history faculty.

c. Language

Primary and secondary works are primarily in English with some selected material in other western European languages. History material in other languages falls under the purview of the international studies areas.

d. Format

Electronic and print monographs, serials, facsimiles, as well as microforms are included in the collection.

e. Exclusions

Material of a purely popular nature, textbooks, travel guides, workbooks, dissertations, historical fiction, most genealogical sources, juvenile literature, and reprints of material already in the collection, are generally not collected.