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ENGL 01A Nelson: About Reference Sources

This guide provides information on finding and working with information resources for research projects.

Reference Sources

"Use reference books, also called reference or background sources, to get quick specific facts or information or an overview of a subject...Some examples of reference sources are: dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, almanacs, directories, atlases, and handbooks. These can be online or in print" ["What are reference books (or reference sources)?", Simon Fraser University Library].

Reference sources can also point to scholarly sources in their list of references or suggested resources for further reading.


5 Reasons to Use Reference Sources

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