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Library Resources for Finding Information on a Specific Date: Finding Encyclopedias and Other Resources

Resources for writing assignments related to finding information that happened on a specific date or time period.

Why use reference books?

We collect reference books so that you can have access to high-quality, factual information.   Reference books include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and almanacs.  Reference books are a good place to go if you need facts, background information on a topic, or statistics.

Reference books do not circulate--that means you cannot check them out--but you are welcome to use them while you're here in the library.  The reference section is located behind the reference desk, which is the desk straight ahead of you once you enter the library.

Specialized Encyclopedias

 In the reference area, you’ll see many specialized encyclopedias that cover a wide variety of subjects. Here are a few examples:

Some typical general reference sources in history:

General Encyclopedias such as World Book, Britannica, or Larousse  

Call Number:  Ref.AE


 Chronology of World History   

Call Number:   Ref. D11.M39 1999

Great Lives from History           

Call Number:  Ref. CT120.66

Dictionary of Concepts in History   

Call Number:  Ref. D13.R49

Statesmen Who Changed the World   

Call Number:  Ref. D108.S73

More specific reference sources include such titles as:

History of the Ohio falls cities and their counties, with illustrations and bibliographical sketches.

Call Number:  Ref.F457.J4H5 1968

Biographical and historical souvenir for the counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott, and Washington, Indiana

Call number: Ref. F532.A18 B65

The encyclopedia of Louisville

Call Number: Ref. F459.L85 E54 2000


Our Nation’s Archive (documents from U.S. History)

Call Number:   Ref. E 173.O77

American National Biography       

Call Number:  Ref. CT213.A68

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust       

Call Number:  Ref. D804.3 .E53

There are also many specialized encyclopedias that are available as electronic books. You can find them listed in IUCAT and use them online.  One example is:

Other Resources

Other useful titles which may be found in the Stacks on the third floor of the Library:

This place we call home : a history of Clark County, Indiana  F532.C5 K73 2007

A journey to the Falls  F532.O4 B3

The history of the Greeks in Kentucky, 1900-1950  F459.L89 G77 2001 v.1