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Research Guides@Tufts

History of Pre-Modern China

This guide is primarily designed for students in HIST 040: Pre-Modern China . However, the resources listed here will be useful for anyone interested in the topic.

Getting Started with Research

Research is a process.

Fundamental to that process is a careful engagement with primary and secondary sources. However, if you are new to a topic, it is best to start with reference sources (sometimes called tertiary sources). These sources, such as dictionaries, handbooks, and encyclopedias, provide overviews of topics by condensing and summarizing primary and secondary sources. On this page you will find reference sources which are useful for gaining an understanding of the background and context of your topic. Such an understanding will help you frame your research project.

If you don't find what you are looking for or need help navigating this guide or any of the resources it contains, don't hesitate to contact the author of this guide or Ask a Librarian.

Reference Sources for Background and Context

General Reference Sources

Topic Specific Reference Sources

Selected Web Resources