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  • Shows how a topic fits into a broader subject or discipline
  • Helps you to know if there is enough or too much information on a topic
  • Provides access to the specific vocabulary which serves as keywords for searching
  • Often contains bibliographies which point to key resources and experts to consult

Historical dictionary of France from the 1815 restoration to the Second Empire, 2 vols., Ref DC 256 .H57 1987

France: a reference guide from the Renaissance to the present, Ref. DC 35 .R64 2004

Biographical dictionary of French political leaders since 1870, Ref. DC 342 .B56 1990

The Columbia history of twentieth-century French thought, Ref. DC 33.7 .C575 2006

 

Books: a step-by-step guide

Books: A Step-by-Step Guide

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