We all use Wikipedia, but if you want something authoritative and reliable, Britannica® Academic is a great option. Like all encyclopedias, this source is a good way to find background information on a topic.
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CQ Researcher is a great source for information about current events and controversies. However, it also has some useful historical information, usually about political events (ex. U.S.-Iran relations). We recommend this source when you're having difficulty coming up with a topic. It's also a good tool if you already have an idea, but aren't sure what direction to take.
This source is very similar to Opposing Viewpoints in Context - it's a good place to look for information on controversial issues.
These are recent online Reference Sources. Please check the Penfield Library Catalog, along with the Gale Virtual Research Library, for additional online reference book resources. Additional print sources on can be found in the call number area of the first floor Reference Room.
Other Background Materials
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