Why consult an encyclopedia or dictionary? Scholarly subject encyclopedias and dictionaries are excellent starting places for researchers just beginning a project. For one, they can provide contextualization for any number of topics. They can also provide helpful key terms that can be employed in other searches. Fortunately, many subject encyclopedias and dictionaries provide bibliographies for these entries. These bibliographies can be invaluable in pointing you to important resources on your topic.
The Duke University Libraries have an outstanding collection of dictionaries and encyclopedias, both in print and online. To find encyclopedias on a specific topic or issue, add encyclopedias to your search statement -- for example, latino encyclopedia
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.
Specific General Titles of Interest: Print and Online
Encyclopedia of Latino Culture (print)