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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.
Reference Books--Subject Specific (print)
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.
Call Number: HAT Reference DD14 .M64 1998
Publication Date: 1998
Volume 1, pages 155-156, Cabaret
The World of Musicals
Call Number: HAT Reference ML102.M88 R63 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Volume 2, pages 592-594, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Encyclopedia of Gender in Media
Call Number: HAT Reference P96.S5 E53 2012
Publication Date: 2012
Pages 333-336, Sexuality (esp Queer Scholarhip and Intersectionality)
Fifty Years of Queer Cinema
Call Number: HAT Reference PN1995.9.H55 P668 2010
Publication Date: 2010
Pages 433-447, Three Camp Classics
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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.