What is a reference work?
A reference source is organized for quick access to facts and data.
The title may include a word like:
How do I evaluate contributors to a reference source?
A reference source is usually compiled by many people. A contributor's expertise and credentials should relate to your subject. A credible author or subject editor might:
How do I evaluate an entry's objectivity?
A reference work provides a balanced view of a topic.
How do I evaluate an entry's currency?
If current information is important to understanding your topic, check the following:
Corroborate: Fact-check the content in media that tend to be current (e.g., news, blogs, magazines, and web pages).
How do I fact-check a quote?
Quotes are typically hard to verify. A quotation database may provide the author but not the source of a quote. The quote may be incorrectly worded or attributed to the wrong person.
Search inside an author's published books to verify a quote.
How do I evaluate a Wikipedia entry?
Wikipedia's goal is to compile a free encyclopedia of all human knowledge written from a neutral point of view:
Use tools to judge the article's quality:
For other suggestions on how to evaluate Wikipedia, see the Knowledge Base article "How do I evaluate Wikipedia?"
How do I cite a print or e-reference book?
Use the title page first to find:
Gather more information from:
How do I cite a reference database?
A reference database is continually being revised and updated. Gather citation elements from: