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AJS - Administration of Justice: Encyclopedias

Why Use a Reference Source

Reference sources provide background information about your topic. They provide context and help you gain a clearer understanding of the issue or subject you are writing about. They provide you with an overview of the topic and can help you focus your investigation by providing common subtopics, events, personalities, and keywords. Normally you do cite a reference source because it is Subject Common Knowledge

Encyclopedias

Statistical Abstract of the United States

Using a Reference Source