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How to find scholarly research on history in books and journal articles, getting background information, how to find primary sources, and citing your sources.

Why Get Background Information?

Reasons to Take the Time to Find Background Information:

  • Identify and understand subject-specific terminology.
  • Put sources you find in context.
  • Learn major areas of research and unsettled questions.
  • Use citation lists to begin your research.

Reference Databases

These databases can give you background information on almost any historical topic, no matter the place or time.

Sample of Reference Sources for American History

Sample of Reference Sources for Non-American History