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!
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:
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:
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.
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.