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HISA 3366: History of New York State (Goodier) Spring 2023 3866-01 and -02

Librarian: Mary Lynn Bensen

Finding Background Information

Finding Background Information

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

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

Selected Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks

Cambridge Histories Online                                                                                                            Under Databases on library website

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.

History Sources

Dictionary of New York History                                                                                             Ref F 117 D53 2006

Encyclopedia of New York                                                                                                      Ref F 118 E57 1996

Encyclopedia of New York City                                                                                              Ref F 128.3 E75 2010

Encyclopedia of New York State                                                                                            Ref F 119 E53 2005 and

                              NYS F 119 E53 2005   SB

Biography Sources

American National Biography                                                                                               Ref CT 213 A68 1999

            Includes entries on major national figures in

            American history.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index                                                                             Under Databases on library website

Gives citations to sources of biographical information for contemporary and historical figures around the world.


Historical Statistics of the United States                                                                             Under Databases on library website

A compendium of statistics from many sources. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field.