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ENGL 1410: Writing the Body: Find Reference Sources

Why Use Reference Sources?

The Scholarly WikipediaCover of an encyclopedia, Weight in America: Obseity, Eating Disorders and Other Health Related Risks

Ever really wanted to use Wikipedia for an assignment but you professor said no? Reference books are the scholarly equivalent of Wikipedia because they are basic info written by experts using reliable sources. And they are a great place to begin your research and to come back to as you have questions about terms and concepts you encounter.

Use them for...

  • Definitions of terms, ideas, movements, or concepts. 
  • Choosing a narrower topic from a broad field
  • Learning the basic background of a topic so you understand the articles and books on your topic
  • Finding alternate keywords to use when searching the databases
  • Article and book references that you can use to find more sources

 

Find this reference book!

Online Reference Sources

Don't want to flip through the print? Not in the library at all? Entire collections of reference materials are available to you online!

Print Reference Books

These books are located behind the Research Assistance desk on the main floor of the library. 

Which source is right for you?

More References Sources

But wait, there's more:

Search the library catalog to find more online and print reference sources. 

  • For online reference books use the Advanced Catalog Search, limit Location to Reference and limit Material to Online. 
  • For print reference books use the Advanced Catalog Search, limit Location to Reference and limit Material to Print Materials.