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History: Background Information

"The past is never dead. It's not even past." --William Faulkner

Online Encyclopedias

Try online History encyclopedias for overviews about your topic -- they can either be specialized, like:

Or they can cover wide, general areas:

Print Encyclopedias & More

A quick read with the right article in a scholarly encyclopedia on your topic will make your searches better and faster. Why? Simply because any professional or scholarly field has its own history, important names and specialized jargon. If you don't know them, then your online searching is much harder.

Encyclopedias:

Reader's Guide (Journal and Magazine Article Indexes):

Biographical Materials:

Encyclopedia Finding Tips