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Online Reference Resources
Current events reports on topics of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.
Online reference library that provides access to hundreds of reference books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, etc.
Comprehensive encyclopedia providing concise entries on a diverse array of topics.
Why Use Reference Sources
Reference sources are good places to gather background information on a topic or get ideas when choosing a topic.
specific factual information such as dates
overviews or summaries of topics
recommendations for additional sources
Types of reference sources
Research as a Process
University of Washington Libraries. (2016 July 27).
Research 101: Research as a process [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB9pAZPJp_g
Starting the Research Process Worksheet