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History: Encyclopedias/Background

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

This is a highly selected list of print and online encyclopedias for historical research. Check other related guides as well as the individual history subject guides for specialized historical subjects.

Multivolume General Histories

Mulitvolume general histories contextualize the established historical research for a particular time period or country. They are generally more in-depth and more research oriented than an encyclopedia and will cite major theories and sources on the topic.

  • New Cambridge Medieval History D117 .N48 1995
  • New Cambridge Modern History D208 .N4
  • Cambridge Ancient History D57 .C252
  • Cambridge History of......and New Cambridge History of.... Cambridge University Press publishes a large number of sets under the two listed titles. Search the library catalog for title: Cambridge History of...etc.
  • Longman Companion To  . . . (Use this as the beginning of a title search in the catalog)
  • History of Humanity King Folio CB69 .H585 1994
  • General History of Africa DT20 .G45
  • Writing History .....(Use this as the beginning of a title search in the catalog)
  • Palgrave Advances . . . (Use this as the beginning of a title search in the catalog)

 

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