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Bethel University Library

History Research Guide

Quick access to the resources and tools you will need to conduct effective history research

How are encyclopedias and dictionaries useful?

They are great places to locate:

  • The meaning of an unfamiliar term
  • Background information on a concept or topic

Where can I search for encyclopedias and dictionaries?

Below is a selected list of resources in which you can search for information in encyclopedias and dictionaries:

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Selected Minnesota Titles

Selected American History Titles

Below are examples of encyclopedias containing concise information about American history:

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