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CS 5300: Graduate Student Professional Development

Reference works for background information

Reference Material in the form of subject dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks typically provide background essays, definitions, broad overviews of various topics, or other pertinent facts. The bullets below list collections of searchable eReference titles:

What is Start Your Research?

Start Your Research is a discovery tool that searches multiple databases, ebook collections, streaming media, and the library catalog - so it's a great method to search a large amount of sources at once.  Take advantage of the filters to narrow your search results.

Please note: Start Your Research does not search all of the databases we subscribe to and the original databases often have more search features, such as the ability to limit to methodology. 

For more in-depth or complex research, you will likely want to go to the databases listed in your subject area.