The following are some links to websites you may find helpful throughout the course.
Chapter Notes for Peter Stearns' World Civilizations: The Global Experience: use this resource in addition to reading the text. My suggestion would be to read these notes first, then read the text -- or, read the text while referring to these notes to clarify any misunderstandings. The text will provide the explanations of the main ideas behind these rudimentary notes. **These notes are from an earlier edition of the Stearns' text, so the chapter numbers may not always match up to your 5th edition copy.