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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

  • Oxford Reference Online
    100 well-known and trusted dictionaries and reference books combined into a single cross-searchable web database.
  • Britannica Online
    The electronic version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. An excellent starting point for almost any topic of research, the Britannica offers both concise descriptions, and longer, more comprehensive articles on a wide variety of topics.

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.

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Cassell Dictionary of Classical Mythology - March, Jenny
Call Number: Ref. BL715 .M37 1998
ISBN: 0304346268

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The Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1990s
Call Number: Ref. NX650.M9 R45 1993
ISBN: 0195049985

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Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art - Hall, James
Call Number: Ref. N7560.H34 1974
ISBN: 0064301001

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Index to Two-Dimensional Art Works, Volume II - Yala H. Korwin
Call Number: Ref. N7525.K67 v.2
ISBN: 0810813815

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Dictionary of Classical References in English Poetry - Eric Smith
Call Number: Ref. PR508.C68 S63
ISBN: 0389204307

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