You can use "tertiary" reference sources (e.g., encyclopedias, biographies, almanacs, etc.) to learn about possible topics, and to gather helpful background information on these topics. These sources provide broad overviews, but also often contain bibliographies that point to more relevant sources. The following reference websites allow for keyword searching and subject browsing.
Links to various reference books including dictionaries and encyclopedias from every major subject including art, science, history, music, foreign language, politics and literature.
Online version of a broad, general-knowledge encyclopedia.
A large, easily searchable collection of reference books.
Specialized reference sources particular to a discipline or area of study can be especially good starting points.
The Writer's Workshop on the first floor of the Main Library offers in person and remote research and writing consultations. Get help from experts focusing your research question(s) or developing your argument.
Subject Specialists are experts in finding materials in their subject areas. Contact them for help finding specific materials for your research project. To schedule an appointment using the Library's Calendar Application, please visit the subject specialists web page.
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