Finding Topic Overviews
Encyclopedias and other reference books provide excellent historical overviews that will help you put topics -- and the historians writing about them -- into context. The resources are a great way to
- Brainstorm ideas
- Narrow an existing topic
- Glean keywords for catalog and database searches
- Leverage bibliographies for the next stage of your research
Take a few minutes to browse the history reference books. Call numbers for Asian history usually begin with DS. For a detailed list, check out the Library of Congress Classification Outlines for World History. Tutt Library also has electronic encyclopedias available though our Online Reference shelf.
Social Science Librarian