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European History: Start with Tertiary (Reference) Sources

Start with Wikipedia

Reference - for background and context

First, you'll need to get an overview of your topic. A general or specialized reference source (an Encyclopedia, Almanac, or Atlas etc.) can be a great place to start. 

Consider your search terms carefully.  For example, try searching "Mao Tse Tung" in addition to Mao Zedong.

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*Off campus access requires "Meadows Discovery Search" username and password found in our Google document, "2023-24 Off Campus Database Passwords." Searches will include search results from EBSCO's database, MEDLINE Complete if relevant.

Search the Databases for Reference Resources

If you're searching a database that contains many different types of materials (like ABC-Clio's World History or Gale's World History in Context), make sure to filter your results for REFERENCE articles.





If you don't know how a particular scholar's vocabulary is being used or you need to check a quick definition, use our web-based dictionaries.



Guide template courtesy of

Qi Huang, E-Resources Librarian at The Harker School