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HUSH: Second semester research project: Getting started with reference sources

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Why use a reference source?

A reference source is a great place to get an overview of your topic. By carefully reading a detailed reference article you can:

  • Get a solid grounding on the facts or background of an event, person, or time period
  • Discover different ways to take on your topic
  • Gather keywords, names, and dates for further searching
  • Use the Selected Bibliography to start gathering your secondary sources

Finding a reference source

We have many encyclopedias on subjects that could be useful to help you find a topic. Browse through the print versions or search in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, where you can search all their encyclopedias at once.

 

Here are some of the general American history encyclopedias we have in the library:

More reference sources

These encyclopedias, which are available as ebooks and in print, focus on one aspect or issue of American history:

And there are also these encyclopedias, which are only available as print editions in the Library:

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