Skip to Main Content

POLS 212: Legislative Research: Home

Credo Reference search box

Credo Logo

Credo Reference is a searchable collection of over 500 reference books across a wide variety of subjects. Try searching for some background information on your topic here.

Related Guides

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Reference Books

Reference sources can include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks and more. The purpose of a reference source is to help provide you with basic background knowledge on a topic. These sources are generally not cited in papers, unless quoted directly, because the information contained is general common knowledge to someone familiar with the topic.

Here are a few examples of reference sources available through the library. You can search the library catalog for more.