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HY120 American Past/The West in Time: Getting Started

Primary Source Encyclopedias

History Databases by Geographic Region

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General Encyclopedias

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 U.S. history begin with E151 and go through E889. For a detailed list, check out the Library of Congress Classification Outline for History of the Americas.

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