Background exploration of a topic is crucial to good research. Reference encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks are the tools to use if you want to get an overview of a subject, find definitions of terms, get biographical information on a key figure in the field, or locate recommended lists of readings.
Look at some of the background sources recommended, whether they are individual print and electronic titles or collections in a database.
For quick overview information on a country, try some of the following resources:
GlobalEdge (free but registration required
Print reference titles
Also, take a look at some of the encyclopedias recommended from the Reference Collection, 1st floor.
Databases with Electronic Reference Titles
Credo Reference is an example of a database containing electronic reference books.
Qilin statue at the Summer Palace (Beijing, China). It was cast during the reign of Emperor Qianlong.
Author: Miguel A. Monjas Date: 07/20, 2005 This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Countries and Their Cultures Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
Ref 363.03 C83265tc Ref 950.03 En194ma
Historical Dictionary of People's Republic of China
Ref 951.0503 Su54h
M.A., M.L.S. Social Sciences
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