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Credo Reference: History
Credo Reference helps you start your historical research with timelines, regional and global histories, and introductions to key historical events.
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.
CQ Research Database
CQ Researcher (Congressional Quarterly) is both a database and a periodical published 44 times a year that provides in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues. There are regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. It is a good resource to explore a topic in the early stages of research.
The following titles are representative of sources found in the Reference Area. More history books are in the 900-999 call number range on the 3rd Floor of Ryan Library. Books on political science are in the 320-329 call number range on the 2nd Floor.
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia by
Call Number: 950.03 L665e
This six volume set has more than 2,600 accessible entries ranging from 200 to 4,000 words from hundreds of contributors.... The focus is on twentieth-century Asia and on earlier people and events whose impact is still felt. The only resource providing such comprehensive and diverse treatment of the topic
Dictionary of the Middle Ages by
Call Number: 909.07 D554
Visit every aspect of medieval life in Western Europe, the Scandinavian north, the Byzantine and Slavic east, the Muslim south, and the ubiquitous world of Judaism from A.D. 500 to 1500. Here you can explore the conditions of daily life, major and minor figures, terms and concepts, countries and provinces, and movements, monuments, people, and events.