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HIST 2180: Skills for History (Harder) Spring 2023 2180-01 and 2180-02

Librarian: Mary Lynn Bensen

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.

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History                                                                                Ref D23 B45 2010

Encyclopedia of World Biography                                                                                            Ref CT 103 E56 1997