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History 101: Choosing a Topic

Reference Sources

Why reference books? Because reference books provide you with:

  • A springboard to information on a topic
  • Important dates convering who, what, where and why
    for the ‘who, what, when, and how
    for the ‘who, what, when, and how
  • Important individuals and explanation of terms
    for the ‘who, what, when, and how

After viewing these online and print resources you will be developing a plan of what to concentrate your research efforts on and the who, what, where and why  that you want to explore further.

  These resources are a good starting point in a selection of a research topic

Online Reference Resources (Note: off-campus access to these databases requires that you sign on using your mymsjc user name and password.):

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  • Credo Reference Credo Reference is an online resource that contains content from  524 reference books covering every major subject. There are over 2 million entries, and 65,000+ images (art, diagrams, interactive maps and photos).
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Selected Subject Headings

 Black Death

Crusade—First, 1096-1099

Crusade—Twelfth, 1248-1250


Great Britain—History—Henry V, 1413-1422

Greece—History—Peloponnesian War, 431-404 B.C.

Hundred Years’ War, 1339-1453


Italy—History—Carolingian rule, 774-887

Rome—History—Mithridatic Wars, 88-63 B.C.

Slave insurrections—Rome

Selected Print Reference Sources