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Encyclopedias and dictionaries can help give you an overview of a topic, and lead you to further research. Here are some trusted resources for finding background information on a variety of topics:
A collection of several hundred reference books, including World Eras (with volumes on the ancient world), Encyclopedia of Religion, and The Ancient Near East: an Encyclopedia for Students. Pacific users only.