On this tab you will find reference sources available through the OWHL 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. Use the table of contents or index to find the information you are looking for. If you can't find it, try to think of alternate names or spellings and look there.
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, fill out the "Topic Development Worksheet" listed below.
Right:Song Painting Depicting Imperial Examination at Kaifeng, China. Wikimedia Commons.