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What is a Reference Source?
Reference Sources provide quick answers to research questions. They are not meant to be read in full but are referred to on an as-needed basis. Examples of physical reference sources are dictionaries and encyclopedias. There are many free reference sources available online. One popular source is Wikipedia. Contrary to popular belief, Wikipedia is an edited source, usually with quite reliable information. However, Wikipedia's greatest assets are the References and Further Reading sections at the bottom of each article. These sections provide a great opportunity to find more research sources. In addition, the below reference sources are of particular use for hospitality management research:
CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: a variety of world, regional, country, ocean, and time zone maps; Flags of the World; and a Country Comparison function that ranks the country information and data in more than 75 Factbook fields.
Credo Research Quick Tips (Research Videos)
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Hotel Glossary & Revenue Management Terminology
This glossary from Xotels.com includes definitions for a variety of hotel terms and offers a search feature.
UNWTO Glossary of Tourism Terms
As the name would suggest, this UNWTO-run glossary provides definitions for a number of common tourism term.
UNWTO Tourism Statistics
"Get the latest and most up-to-date tourism statistics for all the countries and regions around the world. Data on inbound, domestic and outbound tourism is available, as well as on tourism industries, employment and complementary indicators. All statistical tables available are displayed and can be accessed individually."