Below is a list of reference sources available 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.
If you are off campus, try these e-Reference Books to search for an overview of your topic. Use these e-Books, along with the Reference Databases on this page to find basic information, and to help when you start looking for more detailed secondary and primary sources. Just as you would with a print reference source, use the Table of Contents and the Index to find what you need. Don't forget to create a citation in Noodletools and take notes as you go, so you won't have to find the resource again later.