Why reference books? Because reference books provide you with:
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.):
Selected Subject Headings
China—History—Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901
India—History—Sepoy Rebellion, 1857-1858
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821