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California History: HIS 3070: Reference Sources

A research guide for Dr. Rick Kennedy's PLNU California History Class.

Print Reference Works

Below is a representative list of resources in the library building's reference area.  Hover the cursor over the book graphic for more information.  Many more are available to you.  Check with a librarian for additional resources.

Credo Reference: American History

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Credo Reference helps you start your research in American history with timelines, histories of the US as a whole and by state or region, and introductions to key historical events.

Reference ebooks

Why use reference books

Reference sources provide background information, an overview of a topic, specialized vocabulary and terminology, and critical concepts.  They're often a great starting point.