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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.
Specialized 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.
Encyclopedia of Religion
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference BL31 .E46 2005
Publication Date: 2004
Volume 12, pages 8300-8304, Shape Shifting
Handbook of Classical Mythology
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference BL723 .H36 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Romantic Narratives, pages 275-279
Encyclopedia of Musical Theater
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference ML102.M88 G3 2001, Vol. 3
Publication Date: 2001
Phantom of the Opera, pages 1606-1608
America's Film Legacy
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference PN1993.5.U6 .E15 2010
Publication Date: 2009
Phantom of the Opera, pages 103-105
Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian
Subjects:Art & Art History
, Asian Studies
, Cinema Studies
, German & Russian
, Languages & Linguistics
, Latin American Studies
, Religious 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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