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Worlds of History (HIST 1062): Appearance and Identity

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

Guide Editor

Jennifer Stevenson edited and updated this guide Fall 2022.

Kean University History Department

Visit the History Departments's web page for excellent "Research Paper" resources:

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 Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Dictionary of World History

Electronic Resource 2019

Ethnic Dress in the United States

Electronic Resource 2014

Fashion Design, Referenced

Electronic Resource 2013

Fashion Industry 2030

Electronic Resource 2019

Fashion Promotion in Practice

Electronic Resource 2016

House of Fashion

Electronic Resource 2018

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life

Electronic Resource, Volumes 1-5 (2019)

Recommended Online Reference Databases

The following databases provide access to online encyclopedias covering multidisciplinary topics. Remember, these subject encyclopedias are great sources of background information on countless topics.

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Recommended Multimedia Databases

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