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Why Use Reference Materials?

Reference materials ARE NOT primary sources, but can lead you to books and articles.

Reference materials are useful for research because they:

  • Can provide background information about a topic
  • Can define terms
  • Can provide names of key theorists
  • May provide synonyms for terms you can use when looking for articles and books
  • Sometimes include references to useful sources

Mouse over the "Reference Shelf" tab to see lists of books by subject.

Online Reference Sources

Selected Books

Subject Guide

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