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HIST 11A and 12A: The Imperial West (MacGiollabhui): Getting Started

Reference Books

Finding Background Information

At the beginning of the research process, it's very useful to get an overview of your topic. Encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference sources are a great way to get started and to find background information on your topic from various perspectives.


Gale Virtual Reference Library
A collection of online reference sources

Credo Reference
A collection of online reference sources

Colonialism:  An International Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome

Oxford Classical Dictionary

An Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450

Europe 1789-1914:  Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire

The British Empire:  An Encyclopedia of the Crown's Holdings 1493 through 1995

The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire

Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought