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FYS: What is a Nation? 2021: Background Information

This guide is for students in Professor Nuñez's first year seminar.

Suggested Encyclopedias

Why use a reference book?

Use these books (and other reference books), found in the Reference Collection on the first floor of the library, as a starting place for your research.  They are a good place to:

  • find background information on your subject
  • find terms and people and places you can use in later database searches
  • get book/article lists about your subject ("bibliography" or "references")

Keep in mind:

  • Reference books may not be checked out (to ensure they're available for everybody to use)
  • You may scan/copy reference book entries at the library printers, either in the Coffee Commons or on the 2nd floor.

What makes a good keyword?

Below are suggestions for what makes a good keyword:

  • Political Parties
  • Conflicts
  • People
  • Locations
  • Themes (e.g. feminism, slavery, etc) 

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