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Philosophy Research: Reference Materials

Why Reference Materials

Reference materials are helpful when beginning your research, especially if you know little about your topic. They include subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks that provide basic introductions and background to broad subject areas, unfamiliar concepts, ideas, events, people, and places. Reference materials:

  • contain summative, background, or introductory information on your topic
  • help you narrow the focus of your topic
  • assist with identification of keywords and related terms
  • lead you to more information on the topic

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