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HIST 4300: History of France and England, 1500-1800: Overview

In this class you will use the library collections to look for:

  • Background information: Encyclopedias, reference entries, and bibliographies on your subject.
  • Secondary sources: Resources that are written after the fact and give context to the topic that you are studying. Secondary sources often analyze primary sources and place them in context.
    • Encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, books, and journal articles can all be secondary sources.   
  • Primary sources: resources created in the time period you are studying.


The Brainstorming Handout can help you think about and organize your topic, search terms, and research question.

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