Reference sources are online or printed encyclopedias, dictionaires, atlases or any other source that is designed to provide a concise yet authoratative overview of a topic of research.
Reference sources are excellent sources to use when you are starting your research, because they provide:
Wikipedia is an online resource that can be edited by anyone who has access to the internet.
It has been subject to much criticism by librarians and faculty in academia because:
Wikipedia does have its good points:
Because of its open nature Wikipedia is still held in much suspect by the majority of librarians and scholars.
If you decide to use any resources found in a Wikipedia bibliography you should make sure that that resource is authoratative.
For more information on assessing online resource, please see the "Evaluating a Website" page.
The resources on this page are designed to help you get started on your research topic. They help you get an overview of your topic before you delve into more detailed books and journal articles. They also help you to identify key concepts and areas of interest to narrow your topic. If you are still having problems finding resources for your topic you may Ask a Librarian or use the virtual reference chat at the side of this page.