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History Research Guide: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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Reference Resources

Reference resources are a great way for you to get a brief concept of a person, place, thing, or event.  Using a reference resource can often tell you the main events of a person's life or the main parts of a battle.  While your professor may not want you citing a general encyclopedia such as our Encyclopedia Britannica, some may allow you to cite more subject specific resources as described in the links below. 

Online Encyclopedias and Dictionaries


We have handbooks in print and electronic formats.  The first two below are examples of ones available electronically while the second two are only available in print.