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English 244 & 245 - U.S. Literature I & II (Ferret): Find Reference Sources

History and Literature Reference Sources

The following collections of online subject encyclopedias can be used to help you explore a topic and get literary and U.S. History background information.  Many articles will have extensive bibliographies; you can use these to find additional sources!

Literature Reference Sources

These sources offer great background information on literary genres or eras in addition to definitions of literary terms and biographical information on authors or key literary figures:

U.S. History Reference Sources

These sources offer great background information on a variety of U.S. History topics and eras in addition to biographical information on key historical figures:

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Multicultural Perspectives

African American history

African American Studies Center [UW restricted] Includes: Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895, Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present, Black Women in America, and African American National Biography.

Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history: the Black experience in the Americas [UW restricted]

American Indian history

The American Indian experience [UW restricted]

Asian American history

The Asian Pacific American heritage [UW restricted]  For more, check out print reference sources for Asian American history.

Gender studies and Women's history

Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America [UW restricted]   For more, check out print reference sources.

Hispanic American history

The Oxford encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States [UW restricted]   For more, check out print reference sources.

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