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Institute for Management & Innovation Resources at the UTM Library

A subject guide listing library resources for students enrolled in IMI graduate programs at UTM..

Find Reference Sources

What are reference sources?

  • Reference sources provide facts and background information on a subject, such as definitions, history or timeline, dates, and key statistics or concepts
  • They typically offer a broad overview of a topic and usually don't provide enough in-depth, detailed information for most papers or presentations. 
  • Examples of reference sources include dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Why use reference sources?

  • They are a great place to start if you don't know much about your topic.
  • They can lead you to more in-depth and recommended sources on your topic.