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Research: A Step-by-Step Guide: Find Background Info

This guide will help you start learning about the high-quality information and research support available through the Kirk Library

Reference Books for Topic Overview

Reference books, primarily general and specialized encyclopedias, are the ideal starting point for doing research. Reference sources provide you with the necessary background information to give you a fundamental understanding of a topic. They can also help you develop a topic, especially when you have a broad topic that needs to be narrowed or focused in some way. At Kirk Library we collect subject-specific encyclopedias so you can get background information on specific topics across nearly all fields of study. These and other reference books cannot be checked out, but we have a photocopier available for your use. The reference shelf is a small shelf in the open library area.  Here is a small sample of important reference books:

Online Reference Sources

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