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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 This link opens in a new window
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 This link opens in a new window
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 This link opens in a new window
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.