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Why Use Reference Sources?

Reference sources include materials like encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, or almanacs.  

These sources are useful for gaining a greater general knowledge about a subject. 

Reference sources contain entries/articles that have information about important people, places, dates, themes, or issues that are related to a specific topic. This information can help you generate keywords to help in your searching.

Reference sources also often have a list of references or a "Further Reading" section; these can be of great use in directing you to other useful and/or reliable resources.

The Libraries have reference sources in print and others, such as Credo Reference, that can be accessed online. Contact the library for help finding reference sources on your topic or subject.

CREDO Online Reference

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CREDO provides online access to 650+ full text reference ebooks including encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and much more.  Searches can be expanded to include articles in SMU databases for more in depth coverage. Try the Mind Map feature to get ideas for related topics and keywords

Reference Books in Saint Mary's Libraries