Reference sources include encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries. They are a great place to begin your research, since they can help with the following:
Use these tips to help you choose a research topic:
If you want to discuss topic ideas, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with a librarian.
These search tips work in our library databases and Library Catalog:
It is not always easy to discern the difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary resources. The definition of "primary sources" varies across different fields of study. Ask your professor if you have any questions about what will be accepted as a primary source for a particular assignment.
For details on this distinction, see this chart.
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