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HIST 201 : Introduction to the Study of History: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Dr. Andrew Nolan This Library Guide provides a great starting point for researching history topics.

On line reference resources

Biographical information e-resources

Why use reference books?

Locating background information in general and subject specific encyclopedias and dictionaries will help you put information in context.

Consulting reference materials will help you:

  • Get an overview of the subject you are researching
  • Identify key concepts of your topic
  • Identify major authors
  • Understand the chronology/timeline of the events
  • Develop a list of search terms to start your research
  • Use the bibliographies in these resources to locate other information on your topic

Criteria to evaluate resources

Is it Relevant? - Does it contribute to your knowledge on the subject you are researching?

Is it Current? - Is the information current for your project?

Is it Accurate? - Is the information provided correct?

Is it Authoritative? - Is the author an expert on the subject?