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COMM 111: Public Speaking

Finding background info & facts: encyclopedias & reference sources

Reference books like encyclopedias and dictionaries are a great place to find information about your topic, especially facts and statistics. Many reference books are accessible using the databases you see above (unfolding in tabs to the right of this page).

BiblioArchives. (2012, Mar. 1). Young Girl Reading a Book. Retrieved from Used under the Creative Commons License.


Girl reading a book


Search for topics in all areas, including history, science, technology, and more. You can also look at specific electronic reference books. Click on the link below to access Gale Virtual Reference Library.

You can search for topics, browse different types of references books (Encyclopedias, Biographies, Dictionaries, Quotations, etc) or look at topic guides. Click on the link below to access Credo Reference.

Full-text to dictionaries, reference books, and encyclopedias published by Oxford University Press in a broad range of subjects: general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities and social sciences, and Business. 4 simultaneous users.

Oxford Reference Online

More reference books, divided up by subject area, are available from this hyperlink.

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