History 152: Getting Started

The Fourteenth Amendment and the Meanings of Equality
Professor: Sara Dubow
Spring 2020

What are Reference Sources?

Reference sources, or teritary sources, provide overviews of topics, suggested readings, and facts and figures. Some examples include:

  • Almanacs
  • Bibliographies
  • Biographical dictionaries
  • Chronologies
  • General dictionaries
  • General encyclopedias
  • Research guides
  • Statistical handbooks
  • Subject dictionaries
  • Subject encyclopedias
  • Yearbooks

Research Tip: Use Reference Sources

Use Reference Sources

Begin your research by using reference sources to get: 

  • ideas for your paper 
  • overviews of a topic
  • a list of recommended resources

Go beyond Wikipedia by using librarian-recommended reference sources.

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