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History 177S: The Meaning of Freedom in American History: Getting Started

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Finding Background Information: Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Why use an encyclopedia? The Duke University Libraries provide access to hundreds of subject-specific encyclopedias, containing articles written by experts. Encyclopedias can be excellent resources for providing overviews, brainstorming topics, and identifying keywords to use searches.

 Online Reference Collections

ABC-CLIO ebook Collection, formerly History Reference Online, is an online collection of hundreds of history reference titles published by ABC-Clio. This is a fantastic resource, which can be browsed by subject categories or full-text searched by keyword. 

 Oxford Reference Online provides access to a selection of reference titles.  The database homepage displays a listing of all the accessible titles. so you can quickly identify the ones that pertain to U.S. history.

Looking for a specific title?

In the online catalog, add the term encyclopedia to your keyword search. The Duke University Libraries have hundreds of encyclopedias on various aspects of U.S. history. For example, to see the broad range of encyclopedias that we have, you can enter united states history encyclopedias in the search box.








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