Encyclopedias and general/background sources are excellent for gathering information at the beginning of the research cycle. Background sources are any sources that provide a broad overview of a topic including but not limited to encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases. They can provide important dates and names. They can also provide alternate terms and related issues to help a researcher better understand the scope of a topic. Background sources can help a researcher develop a set of keywords and phrases and key ideas which will help with further searches.
NoodleTools will help you correctly format your citations for the Works Cited list. The following information is basic information you should remember when working with encyclopedias and dictionaries.
If there are no page numbers on the electronic source, use only the author name or the first main word of the title.
Signal phrase, "quote" (Author).
Signal phrase, "quote" ("Entry Title").
According to a study, "Twins reared apart report similar feelings" (Palfrey).
Osmosis is defined as, "the process of gradual or unconscious assimilation of ideas' ("Osmosis")
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