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Introduction to research in English language & literature

Overviews, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries

"Reference sources" can provide helpful background information about a topic and include sources such as encyclopedias, topic overviews, dictionaries, timelines, and bibliographies.

Online resources such as Wikipedia can be a great start, but usually will not be considered reliable. The following databases have background information from credible sources which you can use and cite in your academic assignments.

Reference Resources