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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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It offers access to 200 reference books from 50 of the world's leading publishers.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Including Encyclopedia Britannica Online and Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus, this database contains over 73,000 articles. Encyclopedia Britannica is one of the most complete and accurate information sources in the world. It contains both short and book-length articles on every subject.