Background sources are useful tools for learning quick facts, important dates and overviews of key events and individuals in history.
Try the encyclopedias linked to the Background Sources tab of this guide. To find more substantial entries, check the word counts shown in the result lists. Use the title of the encyclopedia article/entry to determine relevance.
OR try browsing one of the following reference books about modern European history:
Using history-specific research tools can often return more relevant results, more quickly.
Historical Abstracts is the best history-specific article database for this course. Use the limiters on the right to improve your search, in particular the "academic journals" option.
Use the MRU LibrarySearch tool - the search box on the library homepage - to find information in all formats (books, journal articles, videos, magazines) simultaneously.
Try limiting searches by:
Finding too much?
- Put “Quotation Marks Around Your Search" to search for exact phrases
Finding too little?
- Use OR between your ideas to search for EITHER term
- Put * after the root of a word to look for multiple endings
e.g., Europ* will finde Europ-e and Europ-ean.
- For better searching, think of multiple ways to describe your topic