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Find Reference Sources: Get Started with Research

Best place to find an introduction to a topic or concept. Also great for quick facts, definitions, statistics, maps, rule books and other quick look-ups.

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Reference Sources: A Great Place to Start a Project

Reference sources are the basic, essential tools of research. Use reference sources to find a good introduction to a topic or concept, check facts or rules, get the definition of a word, a short biography of a person, get geographic information, or locate additional sources for your work.

These tools are useful for finding information about any topic.

General Encyclopedias


Specialized Encyclopedias and More

Test Preparation

Good sources for argumentative essays, or an introduction to any issue of public concern.




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