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History 498: Getting Medieval: Medievalisms in the Modern World

Background information

Reference works such as encyclopedias, research guides, and bibliographies are an excellent way to find background information and to get an overview of the current scholarship about a topic. (Because of this, they can also help you identify dominant historical narratives.) Thematic collections of current scholarship, sometimes called "handbooks," can also be very helpful when you are familiarizing yourself with a topic.

You are consutling a reference work every time your Google search takes you to a Wikipedia article. Wikipedia is an online, crowdsourced encyclopedia. If you use an AI-enhanced search tool, it is probably drawing on Wikipedia and free versions of Encyclopedia Britannica for much of its information.

Try these reference works available through the Library for more in-depth coverage of topics related to this course (consult our guide to reference works for more suggestions):