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ENG102: Writing About Literature (Torregrossa): 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.

eReference Resources

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 resilience 

- you will see there are many types of Resilience - but the ones mentioned under Social Sciences are most likely the best fit for your assignment.  There is a ton of information under the psychological resilience section and if you scroll to the bottom of that section, 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.


Specifc Encyclopedias