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Reference materials are a great way to get an overview of your topic. They do not generally circulate outside of the library, but you can make copies of important content using the copier by Ms. Foust Colburn's office.
Reference materials include:
- biographical sources
- geographical sources
- ready reference materials
When using these sources, start with the index (often in the last volume if the material is a multi-volume set). You can also try the table of contents or the appropriate volume for your subject's name if the resource is arranged alphabetically.
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The Age of Napoleon : a History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815 by
Call Number: REF 904 Dur
Publication Date: 1975
Portrays the enigmatic character and incredible career of Napoleon Bonaparte, and describes the world he helped to fashion in the course of his ambitions.
Napoleon: A Biographical Companion by
Call Number: REF 920 Nic
Publication Date: 1999
Describes the life, achievements, rise to power, and influences of the military leader who crowned himself Emperor of the French and established dominance over Europe.
The Lives of Great Composers by
Call Number: Ref 780 Sch
Publication Date: 1997
A collection of brief biographies discussing the lives of composers from throughout history, beginning with seventeenth century musician Claudio Monteverdi and continuing in chronological order through the mid-twentieth century to illustrate the continuity of music history.
Great Lives from History : The 18th Century, 1701-1800
Call Number: REF 920 Gre
Publication Date: 2006
A collection of alphabetically-arranged essays covering historical figures of the eighteenth-century world, and includes primary source documents, maps, and profiles on major world leaders, monarchs, presidents, writers, educators, military leaders, and reformers.
Great Lives from History : The 19th Century
Call Number: REF 920 Gre
Publication Date: 2007
Presents alphabetized, cross-referenced biographical profiles of 757 nineteenth-century men and women of significance in forty areas of achievement, from nearly sixty countries and regions, and includes an annotated further reading list on each figure, photos, illustrations, maps, and category, geographical, person, and subject indexes.
Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich
Friedrich's greatest accomplishment was his ability to turn landscapes into a medium of physiological and spiritual biography. Here, he includes his own portrait within his landscape as a lay figure seen from behind -- a device intended to invite the viewer to look at the world through the lens of the artist's own personal perception.