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What Are Reference Resources?
Reference resources can be general or discipline-specific. Examples include:
- biographical sources
They often contain foundational information, such as:
- definitions of terms
- verification of factual information
- overviews on your topic
- background information
- research and writing support
They are useful to consult during the early stages of your research and can help you to:
- learn the terminology appropriate for your topic
- understand your topic's broad context
- establish a coherent organizational structure for your work
Theatre & Performance Reference Sources
Speech Communication Reference Resources
Encyclopedia of Communication Theory by
Publication Date: 2009
Contains over 300 entries on contemporary communication theories. Concepts cover the areas of interpersonal communication, groups and organizations, media & mass communication, and more.
Encyclopedia of Rhetoric by
Publication Date: 2006
Covers the knowledge from classics, philosophy, literature, literary theory, cultural studies, speech and communications, and discusses basic concepts and themes throughout rhetoric.
Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition by
Publication Date: 2010
Print copy held at: University of Waterloo Library, UW Porter Book stacks, 9th floor, Call number: PN172 .E53 2010
1996 edition available in the Dana Porter Reference Collection, Main Floor, Call number: PN172.E53 1996
General Reference Resources
Canadian Oxford Dictionary
"... Combines coverage of international English with information on English as it is particularly used in Canada." 2nd ed.