START YOUR RESEARCH WITH REFERENCE SOURCES
These sources provide essential background information - facts like who, what, when, where, why, and how - that will be useful as you dive deeper into your research.
- This will allow you to better understand where the specific information you find later fits in the bigger picture.
- Make note of terms, also called keywords, relevant to your topic:
- Examples: names of people; important dates; relevant legislation; words or expressions unique to your topic.
- You can use these keywords when searching for secondary sources (books and journal articles) and primary sources.
Examples of Reference Sources: Encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, atlases, thesauruses, and indexes.
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