You can use "tertiary" reference sources (e.g., encyclopedias, biographies, almanacs, etc.) to learn about possible topics, and to gather helpful background information on these topics. These sources provide broad overviews, but also often contain bibliographies that point to more relevant sources. The following reference websites allow for keyword searching and subject browsing.
Two million digitized entries from Oxford dictionaries, companions, and encyclopedias in 25 different subject areas.
Links to various reference books including dictionaries and encyclopedias from every major subject including art, science, history, music, foreign language, politics and literature.
Online version of a broad, general-knowledge encyclopedia.
A large, easily searchable collection of reference books.
You can keyword search the library's Online Reference Collection using the Online Reference Collection LibGuide.
Specialized reference sources particular to a discipline or area of study can be especially good starting points. The following are available online and are keyword searchable and browsable by topic:
For an alternative way to search for these more in-depth reference sources, do a keyword search in the Library Catalog using the terms 'handbook', 'guidebook', or 'companion'.
The Writer's Workshop in partnership with the Undergraduate Library offers remote research and writing consultations. Get help from experts focusing your research question(s) or developing your argument.
Hathitrust can be used to find primary and secondary sources. Login using your UIUC NetID to get fullest access.
See also the library's LibGuide: Hathitrust.
|African American Studies||Courtney Becksfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|American Indian Studies||Cindy Ingoldemail@example.com|
|Gender & Women's Studies||Cindy Ingoldfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Japanese Studies||Steven Wittemail@example.com|
|African Studies||Atoma Batomafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|European Union Studies||Paula Mae Carnsemail@example.com|
|Chinese Studies||Shuyong Jiang|
|Central Asian Studies||Joseph James Lenkartfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Korean Studies||Yoo-Seong Songemail@example.com|
|Central European Studies||Marek Srokafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Latin American and Caribbean Studies||Antonio Sotomayoremail@example.com|
|South Asian Studies||Mara Thackerfirstname.lastname@example.org|