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Quick Start to Research: Reference for Background Information

Guiding you through the research process.

Reference Resources

Use reference sources (like encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, almanacs, atlases, handbooks, etc.) as a way to gain background information on a topic.  Reference sources provides factual information that can supplement your research. You can also use reference sources to help find additional sources for your research.

Many reference sources are considered tertiary resources so do not rely solely on them for academic research. 

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