What is a genereal reference source?
General reference sources are a great starting point of any research project, and provide factual information. This includes information that provides answers to: who, what, where, when, and how.
- Handbooks, Guides, and Summaries
- Maps and Atlases
Why use a general reference source?
Reference materials are good starting points for research because they provide:
- introductory or background information on a number of topics
- keywords and search terms for searches
- a bibliography listing other resources on those topics
If you need further help, please feel free to consult a reference librarian, either at the reference desk, or via phone or chat services.