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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)
Recommended Online Sources
Print Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
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.
Who Was Who
Volumes 1 (1897/1915) - 10 can be found in the Reference collection.