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WR 301-(for Nance): Critical Writing in English - Fall 2017: Encyclopedias & Reference Works

Why Reference Works?

Scholarly reference works are useful for the following:

  • An overview of a topic
  • Topic ideas for a paper topic or narrowing your topic
  • Finding keywords for searches 
  • Bibliographies for further research

Reference works are good starting points for research, but are rarely cited in research as secondary sources. 

Resources on Literary Terms, Movements & Historical Context

Essential Online Reference Sources