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Hist 412: Junior Seminar: The United States in the 1840s (Spring17)

Getting Started with Reference Sources

There are many handbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias that provide basic information for historical studies. If you are selecting a topic, build a framework by consulting definitions or a quick overview found in these resources and then focus on your topic by searching for more specific information. Find these materials online (sources to use to get started are in the box below) and in the Reference Room. (Call number "D" = general and European history, "E" and "F" = American history.)

Electronic Reference Sources