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Library Research Guides

History Honors Colloquium

Resources for students in UM's History Honors Colloquium: how to find background information on a topic, how to search the library catalog, how to locate primary and secondary sources in a variety of formats, and how to create and manage citations.

General Biographical Resources

Several of these resources are restricted to University of Michigan users.  You may be prompted for your uniqname and password in order to access some resources.

General Reference Sources

Finding Topic-Specific Encyclopedias

Both Hatcher and Shapiro libraries have rich collections of subject-specific encyclopedias on almost any topic. 

One way to search for them in Library Catalog Search is to use the topic as a keyword search: e.g., "encyclopedia of medieval women" ; results will bring up Women and gender in medieval Europe : an encyclopedia / Margaret Schaus, editor as a hit.

When that doesn't work, try an advanced Library Catalog Search using "encyclopedias OR dictionaries" as a SUBJECT term and your topic as an keyword term.  Not all historical dictionaries will have "encyclopedia" in their title, so this will increase the likelihood that you will find a relevant source.

For example:

All Fields: europ* politic*

Subject: encyclopedias OR dictionaries

[Note: the * at the end of europ is a wildcard, which means that the search will result in alternate endings of the word (e.g., europe or european).]