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Find Background Information - Companions and Handbooks
The following resources provide chapter-length overviews of a variety of themes. Each chapter is written by a leading expert and provides useful suggestions for further reading.
Finding Background Information - Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Use these specialized topical sources to browse online for paper topics and for information on specific events, places and themes:
Oxford African American Studies Center
The African American Studies Center contains brief articles on all aspects of the African-American experience along with images, primary sources, time lines, maps, tables, and reference resources.
American National Biography Online
American National Biography provides biographical information relating to significant men and women from all periods of United States history. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.
Gale in Context: Biography
Biography in Context includes over 700,000 biographical entries covering more than 400,000 notable international figures from all time periods and areas of study.