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Reference sources can help you to begin your research and guide you in your approach to a new topic. Encyclopedias and biographical dictionaries can help you to learn more about a topic or a person, and to place them in wider historical and cultural contexts. Browse reference materials in the Reference section, on the second floor of Chalmers near Helpline. You can also search for online sources using the Advanced Search screen in CONSORT, by limiting the location to KEN Reference.
This fourteen-volume work covers the period from 1493 through 1945. See the original Cambridge Modern History set [KEN Main D208 .C17 ] for extensive bibliographies that were not included in the new edition.
The HathiTrust Digital Library is a collaborative of academic and research libraries that has preserved 17+ million digitized items for scholarly purposes. The HathiTrust offers you reading access to these materials to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law (~26% of the collection is in the public domain).
The Library's digital collections cover a wide variety of topics, including asylums, food, sex and sexual health, genetics, public health and war. Materials include primary source documents (such as the 'Ticehurst House Hospital Papers'), films and audio recordings (including a recording by Florence Nightingale), and a wide range of personal papers & manuscripts.
American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.
Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).
This website displays research into the lives of 431 enslaved people in seven multi-generational families at Mesopotamia plantation in Jamaica and Mount Airy plantation in Virginia. These family histories have been gathered from two sets of slaveholders' annual inventories.
Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas's nearly 700 maps.