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Public Speaking & Rhetoric: Reference Works

Why Reference Works?

Reference works are an excellent first stop in your research and are incredibly useful for

  • Getting an overview of a topic
  • Getting topic ideas for a paper topic or narrowing your topic
  • Brainstorming keywords for searching and learning the vocabulary used by authors in that area
  • Learning the key works on a given topic
  • Discovering the key authors on a given topic

PSU Library Catalog - Books

Results include both print and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and the Summit Libraries.

Encyclopedias/Dictionaries

Most encyclopedias and dictionaries are considered reference works, providing short overviews on topics.  The PSU Library has a variety of specialized encyclopedias, from music to gun control in print or online.

Core Resources

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