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HISP 320: Material Culture: Obtaining Background Material

Using Reference Books

♦  Obtain background material to help familiarize yourself with your topic
♦  Place your topic in historical context
♦  Locate definitions of terms and concepts
♦  Find bibliographies suggesting additional resources on your topic

Don't forget!  If you need assistance, stop at the Information Desk (located to the left as you enter Simpson Library's front door), call, or set up a research appointment.


Citing Your Sources

While writing research papers, you may need to:

List your sources in bibliographies or works cited, and

♦ Provide either footnotes or endnotes.

For more help with citations, check this guide out.

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  • When looking for background information related to the following topics, scroll down for reference books that are both full text online and/or found as physical copies in Simpson Library.
  • Your professor has a list of online reference books in your class Canvas site in the File folder.
  • Look also to the class Canvas site Library Reading List for indexes from relevant reference books that can be digitized by library reference staff upon request.


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