Reference sources are a great place to begin your research. Specialized subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks provide overviews of the ideas, developments, events, people, and places associated with your topic.
Starting your research with reference sources saves you time later in the research process because:
Don't want to flip through the print? Not in the library at all? Entire collections of reference materials are available to you online! You must connect to the Library VPN if you're off campus.
Reference books are located behind the Research Assistance desk on the main floor. Here are some examples of available print reference books that may help you with your research for this paper: