There are several good reference resources for background information in history and the history of Christianity.
Research guides and bibliographies will direct you to important resources for your topic. Some of the guides listed here are focused on history in general, but others are focused on specific topics within the study of Christian history.
Dictionaries and encyclopedias are also helpful, especially for providing an overview of a topic. These may also provide brief bibliographies with further resources that may be helpful for your research. There are both general dictionaries and encyclopedias of Christian history, as well as works devoted to more specific topics within the field.
The research guides and bibliographies listed below are for the history of Christianity in general.
Research guides and bibliographies on more specific areas of Christian history are also available for the following areas: