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HI 349: The 1930s in America

Background Sources

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Guides, and other background sources

Reference tools such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are good places to start your research because they provide an overview of the topic as well as keywords, dates, and facts.

There are many reference books in the collection related to specific ethnic groups. Search the library catalog (Books/Media tab on homepage) with your subject to find print and online dictionaries and encyclopedias on your ethnic group.

General reference books to get you started on this assignment:


Try looking at the bibliography at the end of the entry for a list of other sources such as relevant journal articles and books. When you have found books on your topic, look at the books on the shelf nearby to see if they are related to your topic.