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Online Students: Reference Sources

This guide provides information about services and materials especially for students who are enrolled in online courses at Cayuga Community College.

Using Background Readings

Reference sources such as specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks are good places to begin research on a topic.  Articles and entries in these publications often are written by scholars in the field. 

Reference sources can provide:    

• background information     

• topic overviews      

• basic facts about a topic      

• definitions of related terms           

•  lists of additional sources and recommended readings

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Specialized Encyclopedias and Dictionaries