Some Basic Research Tools

Use authoritative dictionaries and reference sources.

Wikipedia might be a handy tool in some cases, but it's not what your professors would call a reliable or authoritative reference source. The library resources listed below provide access to scholarly information on a range of subjects. Use the Library Subject Guides to find many more.

Multidisciplinary Reference Sources

Subject Encyclopedias

Subject Encyclopedias are great for:

  • choosing a topic
  • educating yourself quickly
  • getting perspective on a topic
  • locating variant spellings, vocabulary, and terminology
  • bibliographies of critical sources

Background Sources -- Print Books

Background Sources -- E-Books