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Cal Poly English Language Institute (CPELI) Library Orientation

This guide contains most of the topics explained during the orientation visit to the library.

Modern Western World 1500- Present

Use the resources below to find informative articles and websites on the history of the western world from 1500 to the present.

Online journals:

Journal article databases:

General purpose, multi-subject databases with scholarly, magazine and newspaper articles:

Scholarly and peer reviewed databases:

Primary sources:


European History Primary Sources (EHPS): "...an index of scholarly websites that offer online access to digitised primary sources on the history of Europe...The listed websites can be accessed for free, though sometimes a registration is required."


Early Modern Europe to present day Wikipedia article. It provides a good overview of the major periods of Modern Western (European) history, including a Timeline. Be sure to also scroll to the end of the article for references, a bibliography and external links.