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Reference sources are useful for:
- Choosing a topic
- Understanding terminology
- Locating background information
- Identifying good search terms
- Identifying additional resources
Best for BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Full text. Includes complete encyclopedia plus interactive atlas, world newspapers, dictionary, and pro/con debate starters.
Full text. Includes the complete encyclopedia plus 300,000 links to websites selected by the editors.
Oxford Reference Online
Full text. Includes over 175 reference titles from Oxford University Press--quotations, illustrations, timelines maps, biographies, web links.
World Book: Academic World Book
Full text. "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."
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