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History (General): Find Reference Sources

The History Research Guide includes links to the best resources for finding primary and secondary sources on all periods of history.

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Why Use Reference?

Reading about your topic in a specialized encyclopedia, dictionary, or handbook may be one of the most effective and time saving research tips. These resources can help you define unfamiliar terms, understand the parameters of current debate in a particular area and provide you with a preliminary bibliography on the subject. Listed here are a few sources to get you started.

Online Reference Sources