Reference books provide clear, factual information that is great for researchers of all levels. Do you need an overview of a topic? Perhaps background information on a famous person or event? Another great use of reference materials is to get good keywords to use in your future database searches. For these reasons and more reference books like encyclopedias and dictionaries are great tools in your researcher's toolbelt.
Like Wikipedia but better! Provides online access to reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and biographies published by different reliable presses. Access Credo Online
Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Online access to the most well-respected dictionary of the English language; "an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world...traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books." Access the OED online
Online access to this long-standing and well-respected general encyclopedia. Access Britannica Online
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