Background information is crucial to good research and a great place to start. Reference encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks are important tools for you to get an overview of the subject, narrow your focus, define terms, get biographical information on key figures in the field, and locate recommended readings.
Look at some of the background reference sources recommended, whether they are print or digital publications, or from a database collection. Credo Reference is a great starting place for any research topic. It contains over 800 online reference books on many subjects.
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Search our library catalog for books, Ebooks, and DVDs. Log-in to your library account to check your due dates, place a hold on a book, write a review, or create your own reading list. To log-in, use your NPC ID and the last 4 digits of your soc. sec. no.
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These are examples of some specialized reference books for U.S. history. Additional titles may be found in the catalog and searched by subject or keyword.