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SSI2-121: American Songs

Reference Sources

Reference sources include encyclopedias, handbooks, and other factual sources. They provide:

  • general background information that is helpful when you begin your research.
  • words, phrases, names, dates, and events that can be used as keywords when searching a database
  • bibliographies in articles to find other sources (both primary and secondary). See Mining Bibliographies for more details.
  • cross-references to find related topics

Reference sources may be online or in print. Print reference sources are located on the main floor near the Learning Commons.

Subject Encyclopedias

Use the encyclopedias listed below for historical and political context.