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COM 2223 - Scientific and Technical Communication

What are reference materials?

Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, almanacs, and handbooks that can provide 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.