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Introduction to Library Research

Reference Sources

Reference databases include hundreds of online reference books including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other resources in all subject areas. Use these databases for background research on a topic. They are helpful to browse to find a topic or to find general information about a broad topic.

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Credo Reference

Digital encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other quick and concise information covering most topics.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Digital encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, etc. that help to provide quick information on a subject.

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Points of View Reference Center

Look at differing viewpoints on current issues with provided sources for each side of the argument.

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CQ Researcher Online

Search clear, detailed, and unbiased reports on issues in the news, published by Congressional Quarterly Press.

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