Below is a list of reference sources available in the Garver Room and online to help you get started on your research.
Remember, reference sources will give you a broad overview of your topic. They won't provide all the information, but they will help you create a research roadmap of what you should do next in the research process.
Also, some names or terms may have alternate spellings. For example, the Song Dynasty may be called the "Sung Dynasty." Once you find an alternate spelling, be sure to write it down in your notes and make sure to check the index of any book for both spellings. You never know how an author is going to refer to something!
After taking notes from one of the reference sources linked or listed on this page, try filling out the "Topic Development Worksheet" listed below.
Right: Marco Polo traveling in a caravan, illustration from the Catalan Atlas (1375), in the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France.
Here's a list of selected specialized reference books (available in the Garver Room) you may want to consider: