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History

Why use background information resources?

  • They provide overviews of topics so you can familiarize yourself before attempting more in-depth research.
  • They provide definitions and quick facts related to a topic.
  • They identify keywords that you can use as possible search terms in the HACC Catalog and databases.
  • They recommend additional reputable resources that are related to your topic.

Reference Book Databases

Gale Ebooks

Gale Ebooks

Collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries and topical content covering a variety of subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online

Articles from encyclopedias, dictionaries, and reference sources from all subject areas. Includes quotations, maps, and illustrations.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference

Articles from encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources from all subject areas. Includes images, audio pronunciation files, maps, and data tables.

Salem History

Salem History

Searchable collection of primary historical documents, commentary, biographies and timelines.