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Texas History: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Almanacs

Texas history research guide

Where to Start

Use the tabs above to find Texas History reference sources, books, articles from journals and magazines, and Internet resources.

You may want to begin with Reference. The category of works we call "reference" includes atlases, almanacs, bibliographies, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, guidebooks, handbooks, indexes, manuals, yearbooks—materials we "refer" to rather than read entirely. Go to these for definitions, topic overviews or background information. Reference librarians can help you find these. 

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Reference Books

Reference Sources Online

Many reference works are online. These are great places to begin research, especially if you are not very familiar with a topic.

A good place to start is the  Texas Reference Center  which includes articles from more than 80 journals and books about Texas and Texans. Topics include history, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business, home, garden, sports, and leisure.

Lone Star Links - Primary Sources

Roger Griffin (1934 - 2016), professor of history at Austin Community College from 1973 until his retirement in 2001, compiled a detailed bibliography of Texas history primary source documents, given to the Texas State Historical Association when he retired.

This work, Lone Star History Links, is available in the Texas State Historical Association's Handbook of Texas Online.

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