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Using Different Kinds of Information

Reference Materials

Reference materials offer a basic and factual overview of a topic. Reference materials come in many formats (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc) and are offered in a wide range of media.

Use reference materials to get background information about a topic, especially at the beginning of the research process.

The information provided in reference materials is not regarded as critical or scholarly, but is a good starting point for most scholarly research.