Some of the most common types of reference sources are:
The library has many reference sources, both online and in print. Search the library catalog (advanced search) to find print sources, limiting to the Reference Shelves. Databases you may use include:
ebook Academic Collection - full-text, recent books online, mostly scholarly.
Gale Virtual Reference Library - reference books on a wide variety of topics.
Several other databases have reference sources on specific topics. You may see them in other searches that you do.
We have a number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources that can be used for this assignment. Here are a few suggestions.
APA requires citing reference sources. Individual articles in subject sources are cited. It is also possible to cite an entire reference work.
The general pattern is:
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
For a chapter, the pattern is:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (2005). Title of chapter. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (Vol. xx, pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publisher.
As an example:
Goode, E. (2002). Drug legalization. In D. Levinson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of crime and punishment (Vol. 2, pp. 559-65). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
NOTE: in a document, references are double-spaced, with a hanging indent.