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British History

Why Consult a Reference Resource?

Reference resources are a great place to begin your research.  They can help you

  • define terms or concepts
  • find an overview of a subject
  • find key facts, theories, and people that will help you assess other resources
  • find suggestions for more sources on your topic 

There are many different types of reference sources, which include dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, bibliographies, handbooks, style manuals to name a few.