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A Research Guide: From the Secondary Source to the Primary Source

General Reference Sources

General reference sources are, for the most part, self-explanatory. They include dictionaries, encyclopedias and thesauruses. You can find them in the reference department of your library and many of them will be available to you in both print and electronic formats.

Encyclopedia Britannica

The Encyclopedia Britannica is a general information source that contains entries on nearly every subject and is available in print, CD-ROM, and electronic formats.

Britannica Online consists of a fully searchable and browsable collection of authoritative references, including Britannica's latest article database, hundreds of articles not found in the print Britannica, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (Tenth Edition), the Britannica Book of the Year, and thousands of links to other World Wide Web sites selected by Britannica editors. Anyone can subscribe to it at http://www.eb.com/ or it is available at most public libraries throughout the country.

 
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