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LIBS 300: The Liberal Arts in a Contemporary World

Why Consult a Reference Resource?

Reference resources are a great place to begin your research, especially if you are unfamiliar with the subject or not sure how to approach your topic. They can give you:

  • A broad overview of the subject
  • Definitions of the topic
  • An introduction to key issues
  • Names of people who are authorities in the field
  • Major dates and events
  • Lead to bibliographies which provide additional sources of information.
There are many different types of reference sources, which include dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, bibliographies, handbooks, style manuals to name a few.

Selected Reference Resources

Oxford Bibliographies offers peer reviewed annotated bibliographies which will help you to narrow the vast number of citations to the best scholarship on a given topic. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable..

For example, there is a bibliography on the Anthropocene.

There are essays on the Anthropogenic Climate Change, Environmental History, and Land Use, Land Cover and Land Management Change, to name a few.