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ENGL 137W: Writing for Academic Audiences: 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. 

Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to find background information by experts for your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy.

Broad Spectrum Reference Books for historical & background info

5 Reference Books on Social Media & Communications

5 Reference Books on Drug Use, Abuse & Addictions

5 Reference Books on Solar & Renewable Energy

Gary Klein (Reference Librarian)

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Gary Klein
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Mark O. Hatfield Library
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Willamette University

Willamette University Libraries

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street.
Salem Oregon 97301
Pacific Northwest College of Art Library
511 NW Broadway.
Portland Oregon 97209