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History of the Book: Start Your Research Here

This guide provides resources for comprehensive study of the history of the book.

Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Recommended Multimedia Databases

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Related Research Guides

Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

The following handbooks are recommended for research relating to the history of the book.  Books with a Call Number beginning with the letters "Ref" are shelved in alphanumeric order by call number in the Reference Collection on the second floor of the Nancy Thompson Library Learning Commons (NTLC). Books with the designation "Electronic Resource" are e-books, which are accessible by clicking the hyperlinked title.

Recommended Online Encyclopedia Databases

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Subject Guide

Guide Credits

Shirley Horbatt is the original author of this guide, which she updated through March 2016.

Ask a Librarian

Listed below are options available for you to contact a reference librarian and ask for help with your research.