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Reference Books - Why Use Them?


Start your research by scanning a reference book to generate ideas about how to narrow or search for your topic.

You'll find keywords and related topics for your search strategy. You might even create an initial outline.

Plus - Reference articles usually offer additional resources in a bibliography you can use to track down more info!

Sample Selections
Creating Digital Communities: A Resource to Digital Inclusion
Communication and Information Technologies Annual New Media Cultures
Mobile Wireless Communications

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Academic Integrity/Plagiarism

When you write an essay or research paper that uses information from a book, a magazine or journal article, a website, or another source, it is important to tell your instructor where you found the information.

This is called crediting a source and it helps you to avoid plagiarism.

Plagiarism happens when the person writing a paper or essay does not credit the sources they used to write the paper.

One way to think about plagiarism is to ask yourself these two questions:  Where did I get my words? and, Where did I get my ideas?

At Indiana Wesleyan University, APA Format, a writing style and rules created by the American Psychological Association, is used to credit the sources students use when they write papers.

Off Campus Library Services (OCLS) has created the OCLS APA 6e Guide to help students with learning APA Format.  You can download a copy of the Guide at this link:

Be sure to read pages 7-11 for an overview of plagiarism, information on what sources you need to cite (credit) in your paper.  There is a sample APA style research paper at the end of the Guide that you can look at to get an idea of what an APA style paper looks like.

APA style papers (with just a couple of exceptions) include both an in-text citation put in the paper’s body or text, and a longer References list entry at the end of the paper.  The OCLS APA 6e Guide has examples of both citations and References for different kinds of sources you will use (articles, books, e-books, websites, and more).

If you have any questions about APA Format, please call OCLS toll free at 1.800.521.1848 and ask to speak to a Librarian.  We are happy to help you with your APA questions!

Another option is to email or fill out an online request form at

Save Yourself Time. Schedule a Research Appointment with an OCLS Reference Librarian!

Make a Research Appointment with an OCLS Librarian.  
Options include In Person (Face to Face), Phone, and Video Call Interviews.
For more information, call Off Campus Library Services at 1-800-521-1848

Find an Article in a Reference Book for Expert Detail on Your Topic!

Find a Reference Book on Your Topic:
Use Advanced Search, enter keyword(s), and select "Reference" for the location.
 The articles in subject encyclopedias
can help pinpoint a research question from a general topic and provide references for further research.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Search the Library of Congress subject headings to find an exact subject for your topic area. This will help you find materials more focused on your topic instead of those that just mention your keywords. You can use these subject searches in the library catalog and some databases.