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History and Political Science Research Guide: Reference Sources

A research guide to access hard-copy and online resources. "We are all inseparable from our times. If you don't know history, it is as if you were born yesterday." Howard Zinn, Historian

Reference Books

The following titles are representative of sources found in the reference area.  Addtional titles are in the 900-999 call number range.


Why Start With Reference Books?

Reference sources noted in the box to the left provide background information, an overview of a topic, specialized vocabulary and terminology, and critical concepts.  They're often a great starting point.  The Library has reference materials both online and in print. Want more information?  Note the contact information in the box to the left.

Research Help

Contact the Reference/Information Desk on the Main Level of Ryan Library: