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SOCI 4321/5321: Sociology of Racial/Cultural Minorities

Library resources for presentations and papers. Including ASA citation and formatting information.

Reference Sources - What are they?

Reference sources:

  • are an excellent place to start research
  • provide background information
  • include basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides.

Some of the most common types of reference sources are:

Bibliographies
Provide list of sources (books, articles, etc.) for specific subjects. May include annotations.
Guides to Research
Provide list of sources (books, articles, etc.) for specific subjects. May include annotations
Subject Encyclopedias
Provide in-depth, scholarly articles, focused on a specific subject or discipline. Often include bibliographies.

Using Reference sources

Subject encyclopedias are a great place to get an overview of a topic, develop keywords and terms, and find authors important in the field.

They are NOT considered appropriate to cite in scholarly writing.

Reference Books