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Recreation and Leisure Studies: Reference

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Reference materials are useful to consult during the early stages of your research and can help you to:

  • learn the controlled vocabulary and terminology for your research topic
  • understand the broad context and background
  • establish a coherent organizational structure for your work

Reference materials focus on different types of information. Examples include:

  • Bibliographies
  • Companions
  • Critical Analysis
  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Guides
  • Handbooks
  • Manuals
  • Thesauri

Reference materials often contain:

  • Abstracts
  • Annotations
  • Definitions
  • Facts
  • Summaries