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What are reference sources?

Reference sources are resources used to locate basic information and secondary literature.

There are many types of reference sources, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, handbooks, guides, and style manuals. 

They are a fantastic places to begin your research, especially if you are exploring a new topic.

Reference sources can help you to:

  • define your topic in general terms
  • find background information, including themes and key points
  • identify keywords and alternative terms for conceptualising your subject, and for database searching.

Reference sources for Archaeology

The titles which appear below are a selection of both print and online material. You can also use the tabs on the side to see Dictionaries, Handbooks and Encyclopaedias on Archaeology. The online reference sources are all frequently updated, searchable, and contain substantial entries written by experts.

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