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Reference Sources

Provides resources the provide general information on broad topics. If unsure where to start, or need help, please ask a librarian for help.

What Are Reference Sources?

Reference Sources are designed to help you get started on your research paper. They can help you in many ways:

  • To get background information on your topic
  • Information about important people (Who), events (What), places (Where), dates (When) and how they are related to your topic (How)
  • Great definitions and ideas for Keywords which will help you find more sources on your topic

Types of Reference Sources:

  • Almanacs (Facts, Statistics)
  • Atlas (Geographical info)
  • Dictionary (Definitions, Synonyms)
  • Encyclopedia (Topic Overview)
  • Handbook (Facts, Statistics, Timelines)