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HSS 542 - French Revolution & Napoleon: Introduction & Reference Sources

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Research Tip

Begin by making a list of broad non-history topics that interest you. These could be such things as art, architecture, culture, education, fashion, literature, politics, religion, science, etc. Think about how one or two of these areas can be linked to an event in French history.

Once you find a broad research area you are interested in, it is time to read an overview so that you can narrow your topic and develop a thesis statement.


Welcome to the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library and the French Revolution and Napoleon OWHL Guide.

Below is a list of reference sources in the Garver Room and online to help you get started on your research.

If you have any questions, please see one of the librarians at the Help Desk!


"Napoléon I Cartoon." Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. Modern World History Online. Facts On File.

Print Reference Sources

Reference sources give you an overview of your topic.  All of the reference sources listed below can be found in the Garver Room (silent study room). Note: this is NOT a comprehensive list. There are hundreds of specialized reference books in Garver. Browse the shelves or ask a librarian for help finding them!