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Notable Reference Titles for [insert subject here]
Reference titles are a great place to start if you are still looking for a topic. They provide short, concise entries of information and will often contain a userful bibliography to lead you to other resources in your discipline. Below is a sample of reference titles in [insert subject here].
Notable General Reference Titles
The world almanac and book of facts 2012 : the authority since 1868 by
Call Number: R 317 W92 2012
Publication Date: 2012
The World Book Encyclopedia by
Call Number: R 031 W92 vols. 01 - 22
Publication Date: 2007
A general encyclopedia is usually not acceptable as a source for a college level research paper. However, if you come across an event or term you know nothing about, like "Battle of the Bulge" or "Waterloo," this encyclopedia will quickly clear up your confusion. Unlike wikipedia, its information is reliable.
MLA Handbook by
Call Number: 808.02 G43
Publication Date: 2016-04-01
Statistical abstract of the United States by
Call Number: R 317.3 U58 2009
Publication Date: 2008
The Research Process
The Research Process:
1. Develop your Research Topic:
2. Select Keywords from your Research Topic:
- Use Keywords for searching for Books/eBooks and the Article Databases.
- How many Sources do you need and do they have to be Scholarly or Popular Sources?
3. Search the Library Catalog to find Books & eBooks:
- Books & eBooks provide background research.
- Background research gives you an overview and helps you to understand the main topic points.
4. Search the Library's Databases to find Articles:
- Add Keywords to focus your search so that your topic is not too broad or too narrow.
- Getting too many results? Try narrowing your search by publication date range, so you get the most current results.
- Keep track of your sources and citations as you find them.
5. Evaluate your Sources:
- Ask yourself, do the Sources fit your Research Topic?
- Are they scholarly or popular sources that fit the assignment requirements?
6. Create your Works Cited or Reference page:
- A Works Cited or Reference page list your sources and citations.
- It shows where you got the information to support your Research Topic and gives credit to that person or organization.
- It also shows that you did not plagiarize or copy someone else's work.
Need help? Ask a Librarian, we are always here to help you with your research assignments.
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