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Why Use Reference Books When I Have Google and Wikipedia?

"Reference" can sound intimidating, outdated, or rudimentary. Reference works consist of Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Yearbooks, and Directories that are often specialized and focused by topic. This can be a great place for researchers to start as they give excellent explanations of the main concepts, arguments, major scholars, and works in the field or on the topic. In essence, you'll get grounded in the foundational elements of your research.

Reference works consist of confirmed facts rather than speculation. They are usually succinct and can clarify and define a topic for you while, at the same time, leading you to further research. They are written by experts in the field or on the topic and compiled by editors into meaningful collections. They aren't intended to be read from cover to cover. Instead, they are intended to inform and refer.

eReference Tools

Contains links to dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia and other reference tools.

Peabody Library Reference Books