Modern History

General Resources for Senior Students

  • Use the Information Skills Process (ISP) on the Research page to guide you.
  • Browse the non-fiction shelves: 323 – Civil Rights; 355 – Military Science/Arms/Weapons; 907 – Historiography; 909.82 World History-20th century; 940.3/940.4 – World War I; 940.53/940.54 – World War II; 943.086 – Germany/Third Reich; 947 Russia; 951 – China; 952 – Japan; 954 – India; 956 – Middle East; 959 – South-East Asia/Indochina; 960 – Africa; 970 – North America; 994 – Australia. Check the catalogue for other subject headings such as specific countries, technology.
  • Search the National Geographic Archive using login details which are available from library staff. Search all issues of National Geographic or browse subject based collections.
  • For audio visual resources, search ClickView by subject heading or title. ClickView can be accessed when you are at home. Restrictions apply based on age/rating.

Oliver Catalogue

  • Search the CTHS Library Oliver catalogue using subject headings.
  • CTHS Library also holds specialist History magazines including History Today and BBC History. The contents pages are searchable using Oliver.
  • Expand your search to Trove by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Trove. This is a particularly useful site for Australian history source material.
  • Expand your search to Hornsby Library resources by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Hornsby Shire Library. If you are a member of Hornsby Library you can borrow their items.
  • Expand your search to Macquarie University library resources by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Macquarie University Library. You can access their hard copy resources onsite but will be unable to borrow.


  • Search World Book Online Advanced or Timelines. This is a reliable starting point for research if you don’t know much about the topic.


  • State Library of NSW databases require you to sign up for free membership. Choose a database by name. General Modern History databases with which to start your research are:
    • Cambridge Companions Online – Subject or theme based collections of content within a richly functional, fully cross-searchable online environment.
    • Cambridge Histories Online – An historical reference compendium allows instant access to the renowned texts of the Cambridge Histories series.
    • Jstor – Subject based collections of content. Search across journals, books and pamphlets.
    • Artemis Primary Sources – search across archives of 17th, 18th and 19th century monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, maps and early photographs.
  • Hornsby Library databases require you to sign up for free membership.

Internet Resources

Bibliographies and Citations

  • Ask your teacher for requirements; keep records up to date – retrospectively is difficult.
  • Bibliography Generator – choose the style you need.

Evaluating Websites