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History: Finding Background Information

If you are looking for reference sources beyond what in on this guide's home page, see this list below. This is a great starting point for finding reference resources, but it is not comprehensive of all reference resources available to you through McNairy Library! If you're looking for a list of all of our History reference resources, visit our A-Z Databases list of History encyclopedias.

Finding Background Information

Instead of using Wikipedia, you can use some of these encyclopedias and reference sources to learn background on your research topic. In addition to background information, you can also find lists of additional scholarly sources using these resources. 
To find more specific reference resources, check out our other research guides in history!
For a list of all databases available to you through the library, see our A-Z Databases list of History encyclopedias!

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Subjects: History

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