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Reference Sources: Reference Databases

Reference sources are a great place to start when researching a topic or if you just need some basic information.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, & Reference

What is a Reference Source?

Reference Sources include sources of quick factual information and basic or specialized encyclopedias. While you would not cite these sources in a college level paper (unless a subject/specialized encyclopedia is requested by the instructor), you can use these sources to generate topic ideas, become more informed, or obtain background information on your topic.