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GCS2000: Introduction to Cultural Studies (Saenz)

What are Reference Sources?

Reference sources are available in general or subject specific contexts and in print or online formats. 


  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Almanacs
  • Glossaries
  • Handbooks
  • Atlases
  • Bibliographies
  • Indexes

Reference materials are good starting points for research projects because they can provide:

  • background or introductory information on a topic
  • terminology or additional keywords to use in further searches
  • a bibliography listing other materials on a topic

Remember: Only 1 reference source will be accepted for your final paper. Wikipedia entries, texts (theoretical or otherwise) and other artifacts seen in class will not count towards your 4 source requirement. The artifact you are examining will not count towards your 4 source requirement.  

Reference Books/E-Books

Below are selected reference books about World Languages and Cultural Studies. Be sure to browse the reference shelves on the 2nd floor between the following call numbers to find more materials:

  • French language: PC 2001- PC 3761
  • French literature: PQ 1- PQ 3999
  • France history: DC 1 - DC 947
  • Spanish language: PC 4001- PC 4977
  • Spanish literature: PQ 6001- PQ 8929
  • Spain history: DP 1- DP 402
  • Italian language: PC 1001 - PC 1977
  • Italian literature: PQ 4001 - PQ 5999
  • Italy history: DG