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ENGL 401A - First Year Writing (UNH Manchester): Reference Resources

Picking a Topic

Online Reference Resources

Why Use Reference Sources

Reference sources are good places to gather background information on a topic or get ideas when choosing a topic.

Background information:

  • definitions
  • specific factual information such as dates
  • overviews or summaries of topics
  • recommendations for additional sources
  • research vocabulary

Types of reference sources

  • specialized encyclopedias
  • dictionaries
  • directories
  • statistical compilations
  • handbooks
  • bibliographies

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