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African American History

Why Reference Sources?

Reference sources can provide you with valuable information such as:
  • Background information
  • Important figures
  • Dates, places, and people
  • Definitions and key terms
  • Lists of additional sources (articles, books, etc.)
They are an excellent way to begin your research by allowing you to become familiar with the topic in preparation to choose the best articles, books, and additional resources. 

Sociology/Anthropology Online Reference Resources

Literature/Languages Online Reference Resources

Humanities Online Reference Resources

  • CREDO reference
  • ECCO: Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    ECCO offers online access to one of the most extensive libraries of eighteenth-century English books in the world.
  • Gale Biography in Context
    state-wide access
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Browse list of online reference titles to match your resource needs
  • Literature Online
  • Sage Knowledge
    Scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks in social sciences, health, and environment
  • Salem Literature
    This includes Masterplots; Critical Insights series on the themes of Dystopia, Good and Evil, Nature and the Environment, Technology and Humanity, The Hero’s Quest, and War. The Critical Surveys series includes Long Fiction, Graphic Novels: Manga, Graphic Novels: History, Theme, and Technique, Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore: World Mythology.

History/Political Science/Law Online Reference Resources