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Dictionaries and encyclopedias like the ones listed on this page are a good place to begin your research. They can provide background or general information on a topic, help to narrow a broad topic to a manageable one for your paper, and suggest other sources you might consult for further information.
Starting points for historical research (print)
American Historical Association's guide to historical literature / general editor, Mary Beth Norton
A great place to start a research project. More than 27,00 annotated citations to publications dating from 1961 to 1992 covering 48 periods in world history.
Timetables of History : a horizontal linkage of people and events / Bernard Grun
Chronological tables of the people , places and events that shaped world history.
Encyclopedia of world cultures / David Levinson, editor in chief
Ethnology studies, organized geographically, with descriptions including history, economy, marriage and family, religion, etc.
Electronic Reference Books and Introductory Works
Print Resources - Biographies
Many important sources for historical research are not available online, but are in the Library's Reference Collection.
Current Biography Yearbook
Annual publication of biographies for the year's most intriguing people from around the world. Publication is available from 1940 to the present. See:Current Biography (REF CT 100 .C97) for volumes 1940 - 1954.