Reference resources handout

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1 | I n t r o d u c t i o n t o R e f e r e n c e R e s o u r c e s Introduction to Reference Resources This week ’s assignment explores using reference resources to gather background infor mation on a topic. However, there are many types of reference resources and they are useful for many applications. Some examples are detailed below. Dictionaries I ’m sure that you’ve all used a dictionary at some point. Dictionaries provide definitions for words as well as details of pronunciation and sometimes other information such as from which language the word evolved. The history of words is called etymology. An example of an etymological dictionary is The Oxford English Dictionary , shown to the left. In print, this is a 13 volume set of books, but the Library purchases it online, which is much more manageable! The basic dictionary contains English words in alphabetical order. You ’ve probably also seen or used a translation dictionary (English to French/French to English, for example). There are also topical dictionaries, outlining the terminology for a particular field of study. Sometimes these dictionaries contain more than just the definitions of words, but the entries still are briefer than those in encyclopedias. A few examples of topical dictionaries are shown below.
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2 | I n t r o d u c t i o n t o R e f e r e n c e R e s o u r c e s Encyclopedias Encyclopedias are another type of reference resource that you may have used.
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