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The Bible in Its World

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Background reading is an essential starting point to any research project.  The purpose of background reading is to get an overview of your topic, and to begin to become acquainted with the key terms, names and events associated with your topic.


A good place to begin your background reading is to find and read an article in a subject-specific reference book.  The Berntsen Library collects reference books in both print and online formats.
*Note: Reference books are considered tertiary sources and are not typically referred to or cited in research papers.

E-Reference -- Online reference resources in electronic format.

Search one or more of the following e-Reference resources in order to find brief, authoritative background articles for your topic. 

Print reference books

These subject-specific reference books are available at the Berntsen Library.

Next - find books

After you've discovered the background of your topic, the next step is to locate relevant books.

Click the link below to go to the next page in this guide.

Find Books