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The American 1890's: Reference Sources

A Course Specific Guide to Library Research for HIST 385: The American 1890's

What are Reference Sources & Why Are They Useful?

Not sure where to start? Consulting reference sources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks) is a great way to start any research project (Think Wikipedia--but credible). Reference resources, such as subject encyclopedias, can provide:

  • summaries
  • definitions
  • associative and synonymous terms to make searching easier
  • names of individuals associated with events
  • important dates and facts
  • maps
  • timelines
  • data
  • bibliographies and suggested sources for further reading
  • help to narrow a topic and generate research questions.



Search For Online Reference Sources

If print isn't really your thing...try search searching for reference sources in "Credo," our online database of reference sources.

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