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Locating Fair and Balanced Sources (Internet Public Library)

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Portal

Library of Congress Research and Reference Services
Library of Congress Reference Shelf
Library of Congress Alcove 9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites

Refdesk
Refdesk Reference Shelves on the Net
Refdesk Essential Reference Tools
Refdesk Quick Reference
Refdesk Indispensable Links

InfoPlease
LibrarySpot
Martindale’s
Wolfram Alpha

Bartleby
Project Gutenberg
Bibliomania

Wikipedia’s Reference Desk
Wikipedia’s Reference Works Category
Wikipedia’s General Reference Portal

Dictionary

reference : something (as a sign or indication) that refers a reader or consulter to another source of information (as a book or passage) — Webster See also OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Reference work A reference work is a compendium of information, usually of a specific type, compiled in a book for ease of reference.Reference work. — Wikipedia

Ready reference are reference materials used in answering reference questions that can be answered by a reference librarian in one or two minutes by providing a fact or piece of information found in a single source shelved for convenience in a separate location near the reference desk rather than in the reference stacks Reference work. — Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science

Preservation

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

Participation

Education

Great Sites for Kids (ALA)

Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Occupation

Reference Librarian (US Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Article

General Reference Works (David Nordloh, American Literary Scholarship)
Google Scholar

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Library of Congress Research and Reference Services
Library of Congress Reference Shelf
Library of Congress Alcove 9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites

Document

USA.gov

Expression


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Reference Librarianship in Star Wars
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