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Reference books:

  • include helpful introductory information
  • contain citations to other sources
  • list statistics, dates and facts
  • provide reviews, biographies and definitions

A Reference book is just a starting point that provides an overview of a topic. Don't cite these materials. The reason why we don't cite reference books is that they don't provide any original information.  They only give you a condensed summary of what other people have said about a topic. Use these materials to give you ideas for a topic.  Write down the relevant facts and keywords so that you can search in Primo or in the library databases to locate books and articles for your research.

CRC Handbook

Handbooks & Dictionaries

Focused Reference Titles