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The definitive guide to all things History at the ANU Library

Reference sources

Reference sources are fantastic places to begin your research, especially if you are exploring a new topic, or a subject area that you know very little about. Reference sources can help you to:

  • Define your topic in general terms
  • Find background information, including themes and key points
  • Identify keywords and alternative terms for conceptualising your subject, and for database searching   

The titles which appear below represent a small selection of both print and online material available in the Library. You can also use the tabs on the left to see a selection of Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Handbooks on the many different fields of historical research.  

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