American Studies 101

America: The Nation and Its Discontents
Professor: Cassandra Cleghorn
Fall 2020

Subject Librarian

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Emery Shriver
Research Services, Sawyer Library

Research Tip: Use Reference Sources

Use Reference Sources

Begin your research by using reference sources to get: 

  • ideas for your paper 
  • overviews of a topic
  • a list of recommended resources

Go beyond Wikipedia by using librarian-recommended reference sources.

Multi-Disciplinary Reference Sources

The following resources include online encyclopedias and dictionaries in a variety of subject areas. These are good sources to get quick, authoritative background information.

American History and Culture

The following encyclopedias are compiled by scholars of American history and culture. Keep in mind that reference works take time to compile and are a product of their editors/editorial boards. Read the preface and look at the table of contents to determine what topics are included/excluded.