Doe Reference Collection | encyclopedias
Doe Library has the campus' major reference collection for the arts, humanities & social sciences. The Doe Reference Service is located on the second floor of the library and has a staffed desk to help navigate the collection (hours, info.).
If you need general information about a historical time period, encyclopedias are often a good place to get that context.
- provide basic background information -- identify people, events, issues, agencies, etc.
- knowing this information can help you narrow your search
- background can help you use historical sources, providing context to their content