What's a reference source?
Reference materials are short amounts of information designed to be accessed quickly, not in volumes to be read cover-to-cover. Examples include encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, almanacs, atlases. They can provide great background information to get started with a paper or project.
Wikipedia is an example of an online reference source. However, its entries can be edited at any time so its material is currently not considered as authoritative as material from, for example, Gale Virtual Reference Library or Oxford Reference (Rector, 2008).
Start your research by looking up your topic in one of the reference sources below:
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