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IDS 101: Electric Guitar: Reference Materials

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Encyclopedias and More

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

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.

Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian

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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Library Hours


Mon-Thur    9 a.m. -- 9 p.m.
Friday         9 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Saturday    Closed
Sunday      1 p.m. -- 9 p.m.

Reference Hours


Mon-Thur   10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
                    6 p.m. -- 9 p.m.
Friday         1 p.m. -- 4 p.m
Saturday         (Closed)
Sunday           (Closed)

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