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Being smart about reference sources
Reference sources should be where you begin your research.
When searching for information in reference books, keep in mind:
- Reference sources deal in big topics-- so try and figure out how your smaller project topic could be situated within a larger context. Search for the larger context issue.
- There are almost always useful books, articles, and websites cited at the end of reference source entries.
- Keep track of the "see also" subjects suggested in the reference source-- see it, also, and use those terms in your web and library searches.
Electronic Reference Databases
Good places to start. Get an overview of your topic.
Electronic Reference Books