Sometimes it is useful to use reference sources to find succinct background information on a topic or a person. Most reference sources will include short bibliographies, so they can be an excellent way to find more in-depth information on a topic. The Hesburgh Libraries have a large collection of reference sources in print and online. Here are a couple resources you can use to discover relevant reference sources:
- Reference Universe - this database searches the contents of thousands of print and electronic reference sources owned by the Hesburgh Libraries. Reference Universe will link you directly to online resources, or direct you to the call number locations of print sources. Try a search for "silk road" to see how it works.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library - this database links you to full text reference sources, including biographies, literary criticisms, and encyclopedia entries. Try a search for "Marco Polo".
General Library Information
This guide is designed to help you get started with library research for this class. It is not comprehensive, but it should provide you with enough information to get started.
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