MAPS 601: Historiography
Reference sources can provide background information on a topic and point you to additional resources. Some reference sources, such as encyclopedias or dictionaries, will have a bibliography at the end of each entry. To find those additional sources, identify what the source is (e.g., book, article, website), then search the library catalog for books or the Journal Finder for articles, to see if we have it.
Selected Printed Bibliographes
- Bibliography of Asian Studies Annual volumes covering 1966-1991. REF Z 3001 .B53
- Cumulative Bibliography of Asian Studies, 1941-1965: Subject Bibliography REF Z 3001 .C931 1941-65 vols. 1-4.
- China Bibliography: A Research Guide to Reference Works About China Past and Present Z 3016 .Z87 1995.
- A World Bibliography of Bibliographies and of Bibliographical Catalogues, Calendars, Abstracts, Digests, Indexes, and the Like REF Z 1002 .B56 vols. 1-5.
- The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature Focus is on works after 1961. REF Z 6201 .A55 1995 vols. 1-2.
- Guide to Reference Books REF Z 1035.1 .G89 1996.
Selected Printed Encyclopedias
- Encyclopedia of Asian History REF DS 31 .E53 1988 vols. 1-4.
- Encyclopedia of Modern Asia REF DS 4 .E53 2002 vols. 1-6.
- Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan REF DS 805 .K633 1983.
Selected Online Reference Sources
- Gale Virtual Reference Library More than 500 encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Includes the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia and Encyclopedia of Modern China.
- Sage Knowledge Contains more than 200 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference sources on a variety of topics.
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports Provided by Congressional Research Service, a "think tank" that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events.
- Oxford Reference Research a term, concept, or person in-depth with articles and essays. Pick and mix from over 180 in-depth and specialist titles from Oxford’s award-winning Encyclopedias and Companions, and a critical selection of partner publishers’ specialist scholarly works.
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- Historical Abstracts Citations and abstracts for publications covering world history (excluding the U.S. and Canada).
- Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) Contains the full data of all printed editions of the BAS issued from 1971.
- Humanities Source 1,480 full text journals covering all aspects of the humanities, including Area Studies, Arts, Ethnic Studies, Gender, History, Language, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, and Religion.
- JSTOR Multi-disciplinary digital archive of back issues (JSTOR generally lacks the latest three years) of hundreds of scholarly journals.
- Project Muse Collection of over 200 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
- LexisNexis Academic Full-text documents from over 5,600 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times.
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full-text doctoral dissertations and theses.
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Finding Articles Not at USF
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