Encyclopedias are great for:

  • choosing a topic
  • quick self-education
  • perspective on a topic
  • variant spellings, vocabulary, terminology
  • bibliography

Language Dictionaries


Cambridge Histories Online

Cambridge Histories Online

Excellent resource. Full text. Chapters as pdfs. Extremely high quality essays with rich footnotes and bibliography.

Oxford Bibliographies Online

Peer reviewed annotated sources in a variety of disciplines:

Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO)

Encyclopedias: Europe, etc

Antiquity (Olin Reference call numbers DE)

Middle Ages

Europe (Olin Reference call numbers D-DF)

Asia (Kroch Asia Reference)

Encyclopedias: United States

United States (Olin Reference call numbers E-F)


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