Why Use Introductory Resources?
If you have a topic in mind for your research, it is a good idea to find one or more sources of background information to read.
Introductory resources will:
- Explain in general terms, what is currently known about your topic
- Help you understand the broader context of your research.
Dictionaries / Encyclopedias
"Covering the entire continent from Morocco, Libya, and Egypt in the north to the Cape of Good Hope in the south, and the surrounding islands from Cape Verde in the west to Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles in the east, the Encyclopedia of African History is a new A-Z reference resource on the history of the entire African continent. With entries ranging from the earliest evolution of human beings in Africa to the beginning of the twenty-first century, this comprehensive Encyclopedia is the first reference of this scale and scope. Also includes 99 maps."
This authoritative work examines 500 years of interaction between the races in a country that during the apartheid era became a byword for racial disharmony.
Descendants of the aboriginal Bushmen, Boer voortrekkers, British Uitlanders, and recent arrivals fleeing poverty in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This exciting work is the definitive guide to a nation so diverse that its people were once famously described by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the "rainbow people of God."
Geography / Culture
"A unique and comprehensive historical guide to some of the world's peoples, from the earliest times to the present.
Modern political geography, reflected in the 200-odd states into which the contemporary world is divided, offers at best a simplification of the world's ethnic and cultural complexities."
"Global diversity comes alive in DK's...guide to our ever-changing world, full of fact-packed spreads and full-color photographs.
Details each country's physical geography, people, climate, culture, and landscape."
Collins Dictionary of Economics (in Credo Reference - info )
This third and revised edition summarizes the theoretical principles behind the science of economics and their application in such areas as competition policy, agricultural policy, fiscal policy and monetary policy.
McGrawHill Encyclopedia of Economics
Drexel Library Reference (1st fl.) HB61 .E55 1994
(view catalog record)
Scholarly articles covering over 300 topics in economics with References for further study; contains indepth definitions of terms and phrases used in the fields of banking, finance, government fiscal policy, economic history, labor unions, econometrics, taxation, statistical techniques, stocks, etc.
Web Resources / Reference Librarian
Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library
Saint Joseph's University
Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Economics, Health Administration, Health Services, Mathematics, Physics
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