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Finding Background Information on Your Topic
Encyclopedias, and Other Reference Sources
Encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference sources are a great way to get started and to find an overview or background information on your topic from various perspectives.
Online Reference Collections
Credo Reference This link opens in a new window
Allows you to search for articles from over 600 different electronic reference books and also works as a gateway to a very wide array of other information sources, including images, audio and video. It is a really excellent place to begin research with 'Topic Pages' offering authoritative overviews and a Mind Map feature to assist in narrowing and focusing research and identifying keywords for database searching.
Gale eBooks This link opens in a new window
Provides the full text of over 200 subject encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and directories.
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Below are some good encyclopedia and other reference sources on China. Use them to get an historical overview of your topic before focusing on a more specific time period.