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History 309: Alexander Hamilton and His World: 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 is an online collection of hundreds of history reference titles published by ABC-Clio Greenwood, Praeger, and Libraries Unlimited. 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.  From the homepage, you can click on subject in the upper left-hand corner to browse history titles.

Looking for a specific title?

In the online catalog, add the term encyclopedia to your keyword search. For example, the search american revolution encyclopedia results in a number of possibilities including:








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