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Writing Studies I: Reference/Background Information

Why use reference works?

Reference works are sources that provide general information on topics (examples are encyclopedias and dictionaries).  When beginning the research process, you will need understand your topic (generally) and define key terms in your research.  The library subscribes to several reference databases and some of the links to them on this page is a great place to start.

Reference Resources available through the Library

The library subscribes to a number of references resources that you can use to get background information on the topic of your choice.  Below is a list of available reference works.  Remember to note the description of each and to use the one(s) that will be most valuable to the topic of your choice.  For instance if I were writing on a topic related to sustainability, I might choose a general reference database like CREDO but also use GREENR, which focuses specifically on environmental issues.

Links to Reference Resources