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Encyclopedias and More
Oxford Reference Online
100 well-known and trusted dictionaries and reference books combined into a single cross-searchable web database.
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.
Oxford English Dictionary
The online version of the classic dictionary. An unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.
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.
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.
Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference BH56 .E53 1998
Publication Date: 1998
Volume 1, pages 273-281, Black Aesthetic
Encyclopedia of Religion in America
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference BL2520 .E52 2010
Publication Date: 2010
Volume 1, pages 224-229, Baptists: African American
Dictionary of American History
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference E174 .D52 2003
Publication Date: 2002
Volume 1, pages 348-350, Atlanta
Race in American Film
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference PN1995.9.N4 R33 2017
Publication Date: 2017
Volume 3, pages 784-786, Selma
Encyclopedia of Health Services Research
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference RA440.85 .E63 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Volume 1, pages 141-144, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian
Subjects:Art & Art History
, Cinema Studies
, Latin American Studies
What Librarians Can Do for You
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.
- Locate the information you need within our library or elsewhere.
- Help you cite information correctly (e.g. APA style).
- Judge the quality & reliability of information.
- Teach you how to use information ethically (e.g. avoiding plagiarism).
- Determine whether something is peer-reviewed.
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