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Martha S. Grafton Library

American History: Background Research

Guide to resources in American history, including reference works, databases, and websites.

Using Reference Resources

Reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias are great ways to get background information on your topic.

Use biographical resources to get information about people in history.

You will need to cite information you learn from reference works, just as you would from books and articles. Citation information is usually at the bottom of the screen if you are using an online reference source.

Biographical Resources

Reference Books in Grafton

Periodical indexes