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ENGL 1410: American Food Culture: Use Reference Sources

Why Use Reference Sources?

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:

  • They help you pick a topic - You can narrow down a huge area of interest into a manageable piece.
  • They give you the background knowledge you need to understand the more detailed books and articles you will read later.
  • They help you find more sources: You learn the keywords of your topic (which will become your search terms) and get lists of book and article references that you can check out for yourself.

Print reference books are located behind the Research Assistance desk on the main floor. In addition, the library maintains two online collections of reference materials. You must connect to the Library VPN if you are using the online collections from off campus.

Online Reference Sources

Print Reference Sources

Print Reference Sources

Print Reference Sources