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College Level Research - Getting Started!: General Reference (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc..)

Use this guide to get your research started. Included in this guide are some helpful tips to get you well on your way to writing a great research paper!

Reference Books at McGrath

General Reference Sources & Databases


General Reference refers to generally asked questions.  Encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories are good examples of reference sources.  They are very good for initial inquiries.  They serve the purpose of getting a small amoutn of information on a topic, which then can be used for more specific research later. Below are some good tools available through the open internet and through McGrath Library's online subscriptions.