HIST 1000: Global Themes - Languages

Background Information

Online Reference Sources

Online reference collections are a credible substitute for sources such as Google and Wikipedia.

Start your research with reference sources

Reference sources can provide a general overview of a topic. They are good for finding facts and definitions, overviews of topics, and additional sources of information. Use reference resources for background, vocabulary, and context.

There are many types of references such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and more. The library has a print (located on the 1st floor) and online reference collection. 

Why use reference sources?

Reference sources can help you jumpstart your research project by:

  • providing a quick overview of a topic,
  • identifying key questions that can shape your research,
  • pointing you towards other sources on the topic.

Check the bibliography

Reference sources typically end with a bibliography or works cited, which you can use to find key books and articles on your topic.