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Begin your research in the Reference Department
Reference sources are useful for:
- Choosing a topic
- Understanding terminology
- Locating background information
- Identifying good search terms
- Identifying additional resources
Best for BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Academic World Book
"Features a wealth of articles, thousands of e-books, and more than one hundred thousand primary source documents along with academic writing and research guides."
Full text. Includes the complete encyclopedia plus: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, and 100,000 links to websites selected by the editors
Full text. Includes complete encyclopedia plus: Interactive Atlas, World Newspapers, Dictionary, and Pro/Con Debate Starters
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This guide describes beginning the research process, choosing a topic, finding background information, selecting search terms, formulating a thesis statement, finding information, and citing sources
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