"Reference" materials provide concise overviews of a topic.
Items in the Reference collection -- particularly subject encyclopedias -- are great starting points for your research and they often include a bibliography which can serve as a starting list for sources for your project. Examples include:
In Gumberg Library, we have both print and electronic reference collections available for your use.
Gumberg Library subscribes to a number of collections of electronic reference works. These cover all subject areas, and in most cases, you are able to search all the titles in a collection at once. This means you do not have to have in mind a particular book to search.
The majority of our ebooks can be found in ebrary, a database of electronic books (including reference books).
You can connect to ebrary from our research databases. Select E for ebrary. There you can search for books on 18th century France.