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Ready Reference

Ready reference sources provide quick and general information, and are consulted for factual, definitive answers. These include dictionaries, encyclopedia, directories, handbooks, almanacs, biographies, as well as geographic information sources.

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Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Rather than using Wikipedia, get your background and summary information from the largest, most authorative encyclopedia in the world. It also contains:

  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus
  • Selected Biographies & Quotations
  • World Atlas
  • World Data Analysis

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This guide is created by Marjie Lorica and Melissa Randall and licensed by University of Dallas Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

You may reproduce any part of it for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included.  I encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials.