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Library Research for Junior Writing

This is a page designed to help students with their Junior Writing course.

Reference resources


Old books


Reference materials are usually encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, atlases, etc. They are intended to provide quick, reliable information, summaries of complex matters, and, very importantly, bibliographies--suggestions for futher reading.


These reference materials are invariably written by experts in their fields, so they are more trustworthy than Wikipedia--all have gone through a process of editorial review. For an illustrated explanation, see the home page presentation, "What is a referred or scholarly article?"


Note: I may use the term books here, but many reference sources are available online, full-text.

Reference sources