Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Communication Arts: Reference resources

What are reference resources?

Reference resources can be general or discipline-specific. Examples include:

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

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

Recommended reference resources