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Start Your Research

Reference sources can provide a general overview of a topic. They can help you identify key issues, controversies and facts about a topic. Use the bibliography or works cited to find other relevant & authoritative sources.

Find reference books in the library catalog

  • Print reference sources
    • Do a Keyword search for the broad topic, for example, use “Education” instead of “mainstreaming.”
    • Limit the “Location” to “Reference Collection”.
  • Online reference books
    • Do a Keyword search for the broad topic, but before pressing Submit…
    • In another search box, enter the following: (encyclopedia OR handbook OR dictionary).
    • Limit the Material Type to EBOOKS

Find reference sources in library databases

Subject Guides

For more ideas about places to start your research, check out the Libraries’ Subject Guides.

Last Updated 06.09.17

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