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HIST 101 (HIST 1101): European History Since 1500 (Harder) Spring 2022 100-01 & 100-02

Librarian: Mary Lynn Bensen

Finding Background Information in Reference Sources

Reference books (encyclopedias, handbooks, chronologies, atlases) are valuable sources of information.

  • Brief overviews
  • Important concepts, names, and dates
  • Lists of sources for further reading
  • Free photocopying at Reference Desk
  • Do not generally count as required sources 

Selected Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and other Background Sources

Cambridge Histories Online                                                                                                          Under Databases on library web site

Complete text of over 350 scholarly texts in the Cambridge History Series.  Each title is also listed individually in the library's online catalog.  Dates vary.  Some titles are available in print.

A-Z of the Napoleonic Era Ref DC 147N34 2010
Cambridge World History of Food Ref TX 353 C255 2000
Cultural History of Women in the Modern Age Ref HQ 1121 C83 2013 v. 6

Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood:  In

    History and Society

Ref HQ 767.84 E53 2004

Encyclopedia of European Social History from


Ref HN 373 E63 2001

Encyclopedia of the French Revolutionary and

   Napoleonic Wars

Ref DC 220 E53 2006
Gender and Society Ref HQ 1115 W644 2006
Global Social Issues:  An Encyclopedia Ref H41 G56 2013
Wars that Changed History Ref D 25 T83 2015