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How to Begin
To begin, you'll need to get an overview of your topic. A general or specialized reference source (an Encyclopedia, Almanac, or Atlas etc.) can be a great place to start. Consider your search terms carefully. Make a list of them. Make sure you have thought of broader and more narrow terms. Also remember to think about synonyms for your search words. Different search words will get different results! For example, try searching "deities" if "gods and goddesses" doesn't work. Or, try "religious ritual" in addition to "worship rituals." The more search word possibilities you have the better are your chances of success.
Once you have a general idea of what's at stake in your topic (context, major players, historical significance etc.), you'll be ready to look at it in a little more depth. Books (in print or digital) will give you depth and breadth. Begin with the Bentley School Library Catalog (Upper School)
Print Reference Books in the Library
New Spirits, 1865-1905 by
Call Number: 973.8 EDW
Publication Date: 2010-03-11
Interesting information about social life in the Gilded Age
The Gilded Age by
Call Number: 973.8 CAL
Publication Date: 2006-09-11
Contents: Introduction -- Industrialization and the rise of big business -- Technology and America as a consumer society, 1870-1900 -- American workers and the labor movement in the late nineteenth century -- The immigrant experience in the gilded age -- Urbanizing America -- Women in industrializing America -- The African-American experience -- Native American resistance and accommodation during the late nineteenth century-- The influence of commerce, technology, and race on popular culture in the gilded age -- Cultural and intellectual life in the gilded age -- The political culture : public life and the conduct of politics -- Party conflict : Republicans versus Democrats, 1877-1901 -- Farmers and third-party politics -- Phases of empire : late nineteenth-century U.S. foreign relations -- Law and the Constitution in the gilded age -- Public policy and state government
Books in the Library
See Gilded Age books on reserve in the library and/or search the catalog for your keywords.