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Human Service Work-LibGuide-Winter2021

Oxford online reference sources

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)  
The OED online provides definitions and historical & etymological analysis on english language words. Also includes variant spellings and phonetic pronunciations.

Oxford Reference

Online dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks & other reference works in subjects areas such as science, nursing, psychology, sociology and other social sciences, business and languages.

Background Sources

Background sources, also known as reference sources, include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, and other online or print "books". You might want to consult one or more of them when you're first starting your research, especially if the topic you are researching is unfamiliar to you. They can be excellent sources of factual information, concepts, theories, definitions, terminology and references to other, more in-depth, sources of information.

See example of a handbook below. 

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