A comprehensive collection of subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and reference handbooks. Also included are short reference videos and high-resolution images. Useful background information source.
Widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, this historical dictionary provides the meaning, history, and pronunciation of words traced through quotations from classic literature to contemporary and popular works. Also includes the Oxford Historical Thesaurus, timelines of words, and provides the ability to browse words by subject, usage, region, or origin.
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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Handbooks
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.
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.
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