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Classical Studies: Reference Works

This subject guide describes the University of Waterloo Library's resources and services that support research in Classical Studies.

What are Reference Works and Why Should I Use Them?

Reference works may be general or discipline-specific. Types include:

  • encyclopedias
  • dictionaries
  • biographical sources
  • guides
  • handbooks
  • manuals

They are useful during the early stages of your research to provide foundational Information, such as

  • definitions of terms and the terminology appropriate for your topic
  • verification of factual information
  • overviews on your topic
  • background information and the broad context of your topic
  • establishing a coherent organizational structure for your work

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