Overview sources are great tools with which to begin a research project. They may be helpful for obtaining a general overview of a subject, and they may also help in the narrowing of research topics and in placing a topic in the proper context.
Some sources, such as subject dictionaries, will provide an introduction to the specific language of a subject or discipline. Sources may cover a fairly broad subject area or a particular aspect or topic in the discipline.
Entries will often include a bibliography, and they may reference additional related books, articles, documents, and other useful sources.
Look for encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books with keyword searches in the library catalog by adding the term "encyclopedia" or "dictionary" to the keyword search.
Films on Demand is an exciting new resource purchased by STLCC libraries, presenting films in many subject areas including history. Films can be viewed in their entirety or section by section, making them ideal for presentations. These resources are accessible from any campus computer and by logging into the database from off campus (help in connecting from home).
Once logged into the database, try a keyword search such as "Civil War" or "United States" AND "history" or on whatever else your topic may be about.
Dictionaries define words and terms. They often also provide the pronunciation and etymology. Subject dictionaries will give the meaning of a word within a specific field or discipline, such as
Encyclopedias provide a basic understanding or overview of entries. Subject encyclopedias include
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