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WRIT 120: Hip Hop Culture and the Poetics of Place

Why Use a Reference Source?

Reference sources are tertiary sources, including dictionaries and encyclopedias.  They draw on primary and secondary sources to summarize the basic details of a topic.

Reference sources are a good place to start your research, especially if your topic is brand new to you.

  • They provide introductions the topic and the major research points that other scholars have discussed.
  • They provide quick definitions of important terms or concepts.
  • They often include bibliographies of suggested sources that can help you build your own set of research sources.

Reference Sources

General Reference

African American Reference

Music Reference