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Historic Preservation: Obtaining Background Material

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in Historic Preservation

Using Reference Books

Use Reference books to:

♦  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


Reference books are on the first floor of Simpson Library

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 by completing the form to the right.

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.

Navigation Menu

When looking for background information related to any of the following topics, either click on the below links or scroll down for reference books found on the first floor of Simpson Library.

Note:  You can also browse the following call number areas in the Stacks or the Reference Collection:

  • Architecture History, NA
  • Fashion Design and History, GT
  • Clothing Manufacture, TT 490-695
  • Decorative Arts, NK
  • Textiles, TS

Architecture and Ornament


Clothing and Textiles


Historic Landmarks

Historic Preservation


Preservation Law

Popular and Material Culture

Subject Guide

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