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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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Featured Reference Books
Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives
Call Number: REF 364.1 Ban
Publication Date: 2007
Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide information on the lives, offenses, and sociohistorical impact of 637 notorious men and women, including killers, biblical villains, corrupt politicians, cult leaders, pirates, hatemongers, terroists, traitors, witches, and others involved in criminal conduct, and includes over two hundred sidebars, and three indexes.
World War II
Call Number: REF 940.53 Big
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Library presents biographies and fifteen excerpts from primary sources related to World War II, including speeches, diary entries, newspaper accounts, novels, poems, and memoirs.
Milestone documents in world history : exploring the primary sources that shaped the world by
Call Number: REF 909 Mil Vol. 2
Publication Date: 2010
Winston Churchill : a Biographical Companion by
Call Number: REF 941 WRI
Publication Date: 2002
Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide information about various aspects of the life and career of British military and political leader Sir Winston Churchill, and includes illustrations, a chronology, and a bibliography.
The New Cambridge modern history
Call Number: Ref 909 Cam
Publication Date: 1957-79