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FYS Reading- It Takes a School by Jonathan Starr: General Reference Sources

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

Online Reference Sources