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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.

These are sources you use to look for a reference to specific information, these are not books you would read from beginning to end.

Reference sources contain entries/articles that contain information like important people, places, dates, themes, or issues that are related to a specific topic.

We have reference sources that are in print and others that can be found electronically online.

CREDO Online Reference

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CREDO provides online access to 650+ full text 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 key words

Sampling of reference books from the library