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Critical Studies: Multidisciplinary

Reference and Instruction Librarian

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Sam Regal
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What is a reference source?

Reference sources are generally used to consult specific areas of the source, like an encyclopedia or dictionary, rather than read cover to cover. There are general subject reference sources, for example Encyclopedia Britannica (linked below), which includes information on a wide range of topics. Subject-specific reference sources are also available. Reference sources are good for finding:

  • basic definitions of concepts or key terms on a topic;
  • understand viewpoints of issues;
  • statistical information related to a topic;
  • other literature sources related to a topic.

Online Reference Sources