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.
Oxford Reference Online
An authoritative and comprehensive reference collection combining access to in-depth scholarly resources in the Oxford Companions series with quick reference coverage from key Oxford dictionaries and reference works.
This is new edition has been expanded to include the key concepts within the growing field of neuroscience, as well as greater coverage of positive psychology. Key features include: over 2,500 entries extensive cross-referencing for easy navigation mini biographies of key psychologists list of key reference works study notes section list of common abbreviations.