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HIST 1660: The Vikings and their World (Fall 2023)

A guide to library research


Encyclopedias are great for:

  • choosing a topic
  • educating yourself quickly
  • perspective on a topic
  • variant spellings, vocabulary, terminology
  • bibliography


Medieval Encyclopedias

Cambridge Histories

Superior to Wikipedia on most topics & disciplines:

English Language and its history: OED

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)  The dictionary that is scholar's preferred source; it goes far beyond definitions.