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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.
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.
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.
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.
World War I
Call Number: HAT Reference D510 .E53 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Volume 3, pages 1134-1137, Music of World War I
Encyclopedia of the Holocaust
Call Number: HAT Reference D804.3 .E53
Publication Date: 1989
Volume 3, pages 1022-1026, Music, The Holocaust in
Encyclopedia of Russian History
Call Number: HAT Reference DK14 .E53 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Volume 4, page 1388, Shostakovich, Dmitri Dmitrievich
Call Number: HAT Reference HM647 .A44 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Volume 1, pages 55-56, Baez, Joan
The Oxford History of Western Music
Call Number: HAT Reference ML160 .T18 2005
Publication Date: 2005
Volume 4, pages 780-796, Music and Totalitarian Society (Shostakovich)
Movies in American History
Call Number: HAT Reference PN1993.5.U6 M685 2011
Publication Date: 2011
Volume 2, Pages 393-395, Platoon
Encyclopedia of Bioethics
Call Number: HAT Reference QH332 .E52 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Volume 5, pages 2557-2566, Warfare
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