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WRI365H5 Editing: Principles and Practice

Who's Who and Biographies

Who's Who publications are a good starting point for verifying names of well known people.  Biographies provide more detailed information.

Professional directories

Professional directories are good sources to verifiy the professional activities of specialist.


Written by subject specialists, encyclopedias are good starting points to verify facts and to ensure your understand specific terminology.  Here is just a small sample of the type of encyclopedias in the Library's electronic collections.

Research Guides

UT Libraries have an extensive collection of Research Guides developed by librarians.  These guides are great resources for locating sources for fact checking.  Examples:

Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference is a  single cross-searchable resource.  It combines "quality, up-to-date reference content" form 2 large collections:

  • Oxford Quick Reference: Quickly check a fact, or find out key information about a concept, person, or term
  • Oxford Reference Library: Research a term, concept, or person in-depth with articles and essays.