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IDS 101: Bouncing Back: How Resilience Works: 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.

Online Encyclopedias and More

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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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:

  • Show you the best places to begin your research.
  • Help you develop effective search strategies.
  • Locate the information you need within our library.
  • Obtain books, articles, cds, etc. from other libraries.
  • Find additional information from citation lists/bibliographies.
  • Judge the quality & reliability of information.
  • Use information ethically (e.g. plagiarism).
  • Cite information correctly (e.g. APA style).
  • Demonstrate how to use citation resources.
  • Tell the difference between various literature types.
  • Determine whether something is peer-reviewed.