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COM 2223 - Scientific and Technical Communication

What are reference materials?

Reference resources are items such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, almanacs, and handbooks that can provide you with background information about your research topic. Reference resources are a great place to begin if you are researching an unfamiliar topic. 


Reference Resources

Reference resources give you an overview or summary of a topic (think encyclopedias and dictionaries). They are useful when you need to see a basic definition or gain a general understanding. Reference sources are often a good starting point for your research.