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.
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One of the library's goals is to promote reading. To that end, we have established a popular reading collection, created READ posters featuring Willamette faculty and staff, designed rotating displays highlighting different subject areas of our collections, and created a reading website called WU Reads.
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 librarians are here to help with your research!
The University Archives are located on the second floor of the library. The Archives collects, preserves and makes available University records of enduring value and primary source materials focusing on the Northwest. The Archives will be of great interest to those interested in Willamette's history. The Archives also offers a wonderful collection of primary source materials focusing on the Northwest such as political papers and the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive. Special Collections include such treasures as a 15th century book of hours and a second folio edition of Shakespeare's plays. The Archives also features digital collections including Civil War letters and early photos/postcards of Willamette and Salem.