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Foundations: Mesoamerican Civilizations: Encyclopedias and Reference Sources

START WITH REFERENCE SOURCES for the essential background information on your subject.

Examples of Reference SourcesAlmanacs, atlases, bibliographies, dictionaries / thesauruses, encyclopedias, handbooks, and indexes.

The print and electronic sources below are encyclopedias and other reference sources that will give you a broad overview of your subject:

Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

This will allow you to better understand where the specific information you find later fits in the bigger picture.

Mesoamerican Civilizations

If you have any questions, see
Mr. Padgett, Ms. Taylor, or Mr. Previti
OR email us at 
spadgett@taftschool.org  
  taylorp@taftschool.org
rpreviti@taftschool.org
We're here to help!

ALL Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Civilizations generally

Themes

Eurasian Civilizations

CHINA

  • Ancient civilizations reference library. 2000  4 vols  (an online ebook)
  • Berkshire encyclopedia of China. Ref DS735.A2 B47 2009.  5 vols
  • Cultural atlas of China. Ref DS721 .B56 1983
  • Encyclopedia of Asian history. Ref  DS31 .E53 1987  4 vols
  • Encyclopedia of China : the essential reference to China, its history and culture. Ref DS705 .P47 1999
  • Encyclopedia of modern Asia. Ref DS4 .E53 2002  6 vols  (also an online ebook)

GREECE and ROME

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NoodleTools Tips for Citing Reference Sources

PLEASE NOTE: Do not copy and paste complete citations from electronic sources. NoodleTools cannot generate footnotes from copied and pasted citations.

To cite an encyclopedia / reference source, first choose the NoodleTools option that best describes where you found it:

  • Database = a Taft Subscription Database such as Ancient and Medieval History.
    • Click on the citation tool on your article page to determine if you can export the Chicago-style citation directly to NoodleTools.
    • You must provide the permanent URL for your source. Look for any of the following on the page: permalink, persistent link, stable link, durable link, "Get link",Cite or Citable Link.
  • Website = an encyclopedia found through a search engine such as Google.
  • Print or In Hand = a book found on the shelves of the library's Reference Collection.

Next you will choose the type of source you are citing. In this case, Reference Source.

You will complete both parts of the Reference Source form:

  • information about the article you used: author, title of article, and page numbers if available.
  • information about the encyclopedia as a whole: author / editor, encyclopedia title, name of publisher, place of publication, and date of publication.
  • Information about a web encyclopedia: author of article (if given), title of article, the URL of the article you are citing, and the most recent date (date updated or date of online publication).

Note: Reference sources can also be cited in NoodleTools using the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) if provided. The ISBN can be found on the back cover of a book or on the back side of the title page. It can also be found in databases containing sources originally produced in print. If you don't find it, we can help you. Books published before about 1967 won't have an ISBN.

International Standard Book Number - Wikipedia
 

If you have any questions,  Mr. Padgett or Ms. Taylor are happy to help!