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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 psychology research:
The APA dictionary contains APA approved definitions of psychology terms.
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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This video library covers a number of psychology topics and can be searched by approach, therapeutic issue, expert, and population.