|Before deciding on a specific topic for your research paper, it is important to begin with some background reading in the related broad subject area to gain familiarity with concepts and vocabulary. For example, Reference Books will point to more specialized areas of the subject and often have bibliographies to lead to additional information.|
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Credo Reference is an online database that provides access to a wide selection of reference books, including encyclopedias and dictionaries.
It also includes cross-references to other resources provided by the Library, such as: Ebrary, the PGCC online catalog, and research databases.
This electronic reference collection adds thousands of titles to the library’s existing collection. It gives access to texts online, using whatever mobile media available to the user, without limits on book availability or operating hours of the library.
Listed below are examples of online reference sources that may be useful before beginning your search strategy. Click on the links to review them.
English Language Dictionaries