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Background Materials

American National Biography Online
The format of articles in the American National Biography is based on chronology. A given article traces a person's life through the sequence of significant events as they occurred from birth to death. Childhood and education are, as a rule, briefly discussed at the outset; then the course of the subject's career is mapped out, with the emphasis on the key achievements and the essential details of private life.

Cambridge Histories Online
This historical reference compendium allows instant access to the texts of the Cambridge Histories series.  Histories include American, British, European, Asian, Latin American, African countries, as well as specialized topics such as food, literature, economics, science, etc.  Ancient to modern periods are represented.

Credo General Reference
An e-compilation of hundreds of reference texts.  Excellent starting point for topics.

Dictionary of National Biography
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The Dictionary offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors. It is overseen by academic editors at Oxford University, UK, and published by Oxford University Press.

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
A collaborative work of over 600 scholars from more than forty countries, the Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages provides 3,000 concise and detailed articles on all aspects of the period from the fifth to the fifteenth century. It explores art, architecture, religion, law, science, language, philosophy, and theology, as well as cultural, religious, intellectual, social and political history. With a focus on focus on Europe and Christendom, the Encyclopedia also covers the rise of Islam and people of other cultures with whom Europeans came into contact.

Middle English Compendium
The Middle English Compendium has been designed to offer easy access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies, and a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, as well as links to an associated network of electronic resources.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB)
Biographical information of UK luminaries from the earliest times.  Biographies lead to chronological information and recommended sources.

Oxford Scholarship Online
This will search for entire books, some of which will be available online. 

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