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IDS 101: The Great American Road Trip: Reference Materials

Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content it is considered unreliable.  College faculty typically do not consider Wikipedia a credible information source. 

Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy. To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Encyclopedias and More

Dictionary of Literary Biography

The Dictionary of Literary Biography is a massive set of volumes that offers biographical and critical essays on the world's significant writers from all eras and genres.  Available in print and online; the print volumes are located on the first floor of the library on low shelves between the liaison librarians' offices. Below are some examples of volumes that might be of interest:  

Reference Books

Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.

Subject Librarian

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Joni Roberts
Contact:
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
503-370-6741

What librarians can do for you...

Subject librarians are here to help with your research!

You can set up an individual research consultation with a subject librarian for research help. Here are a few other things that we can do for you:

Hours during the Academic Year

Library Hours


Mon-Thur    7:45 a.m. -- 2 a.m.
Friday         7:45 a.m. -- 9 p.m.
Saturday    10 a.m -- 9 p.m.
Sunday      10 a.m. -- 2 a.m.

Reference Hours


Mon-Thur  10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
                    6 p.m. -- 9 p.m.
Friday        10 a.m. -- 4 p.m
Saturday         (Closed)
Sunday       3 p.m. -- 9 p.m.

Archives Hours


Mon-Fri  9 a.m. -- 12 p.m.
              1 p.m. -- 4 p.m.

Note: The library is closed to the general public at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and holidays. The library remains open to students, faculty and staff with current Willamette ID.

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