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XUB 101: Writing About Literature & College Writing(Poissant): 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 the play you read:  For instance, I have looked up the play Romeo & Juliet.

The wikipeida entry reviews the acts of the play, the plot, characters, etc.  In addition, there is some literary criticism and from looking through this I see there is Feminist Cristicism about this play.  This leads me to think about what I could find in one of the library databases about Feminism and Romeo and Juliet. Reference sources like Credo Reference and Wikipedia can give you some background information and spur ideas.


Specifc Encyclopedias