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 are great for:
- choosing a topic
- educating yourself quickly
- getting perspective on a topic
- locating variant spellings, vocabulary, and terminology
- bibliographies of critical sources