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ENGL 082 Bailey

Introduction to Library resources

Reference Sources

Also known as background sources, reference sources include:

  • Encyclopedias (including online sources such as Wikipedia)
  • Dictionaries
  • Handbooks
  • Directories
  • Manuals, etc.

Reference sources are great for getting started on your research, especially if the topic you are researching is unfamiliar to you. They can be excellent sources of factual information, concepts, theories, definitions, and terminology, and can lead to references to find more sources of information.

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