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HST 111: The West and the World, Pt. I (Dimock): Reference Resources

What is a Reference Resource?

Reference resources are usually encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, manuals and other books that you would refer to when wanting to know a definition of a word or concept, a general overview of a topic, specific information about a certain period of time or event in history.

Using Wikipedia

 

Using Wikipedia can be a great place to start your research.  You can learn about a topic, much like you can in Credo Reference, but you can also find links to other sources.   Never cite Wikipedia, but use it as a jumping off point for your research.  

For example, look up printing press and how that came about and affected history

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printing_press

 - you will see there is quite a bit about the beginnings of the printing press which was invented during the Renaissance.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a list of references.  Many link out to the original article, but some do not.  You can actually take the title of an article and try copying into one of our databases to see if we have the full-text of the article.

 

eReference Sources

eReference Databases