Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Return to Library Homepage

FYS101: Sowing the Seeds of Success: Reference

Using Reference Books

Background information:

  • helps take your research topic to a research question

  • prepares you for reading more detailed sources

Reference works are excellent sources for background information.  

  • objective and factual

  • written by scholars

  • use credible sources 

  • specialize in one topic for more in depth coverage

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Other Reference Databases