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Why Use Reference Sources?

Credible Reliable Sources:

  • Authoritative publishers
  • Articles are written by well respected scholars/experts in the field

Good Background Information:

  • Efficient method to identify key terms, dates, people, theories

More Effective Database Searching:

  • Provide you with key words to more efficiently search for articles in databases

Bibliographies:

  • Most reference articles provide bibliographies that can lead you to new sources in books and journals 

Examples in the Winona Library

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. 

CREDO's Philosophy Research Guide

Stanford Online Encyclopedia

Standford Online Encyclopedia

An excellent open-access reference source created by contributions from libraries and philosophy departments all over the world. Features in depth articles with extensive bibliographies.

Online-full text access

Other Online Reference Sources

 

Britannica Original Sources logo

Access to over 420,000 primary source documents, complete books, and authentic images.