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CUR 115 : Understanding the Past: Reference Collection

The Reference Collection: What is it good for?

The reference collection on the main floor of Gustavus Library is a great first stop on your journey towards learning about any topic related to France in World War II. Reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and bibliographies can offer a brief overview of a wide variety of topics you may be interested in researching, quickly bringing you up-to-speed on the history of research (or historiography) of your chosen topic, pointing the way to other important primary and secondary sources, and allowing you engage in the broader scholarly conversation about that topic.

Unlike books in the general collection, books in the reference collection don't circulate and can't be checked out -- that way they're always ready at hand for anyone in the library who wants to use them!

General Biography

Are you researching a person who is ... really famous? British? American? German? American? From Africa? An African American? A woman? An author? There's a good chance you may find an encyclopedia entry on them in one of these sources.

The Spanish in the Americas

See the reference guide for HIS 334: History of Mexico and Cuba for even more reference sources for the Spanish in the Americas.

The Age of Revolution : Europe 1789-1848

The Industrial Revolution

Colonial Africa

See also, shelved in the same location in Reference, the Historical Dictionary series for a variety of African countries.

Vietnam

World War II and the Holocaust

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