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Reference Sources

Use reference sources (like encyclopedias and dictionaries) to get a better understanding of your topic and to look for key terms and phrases to use in further searching.

Credo Reference
This is a database of over 200 encyclopedias and reference books on a variety of topics. Always a good place to start researching.

Subject-Specific Encyclopedias

Bigelow, B.C. (Ed.). (2006). UXL Encyclopedia of Drugs and Addictive Substances. Detroit, MI: UXL. Retrieved from http://galegroup.com

O’Brien, R., & Chafetz, M. E. (1982). Encyclopedia of alcoholism New York, N.Y: Facts on File, Inc. Oakdale Reference HV5017 .E5

Carson-DeWitt, R. (2001). Encyclopedia of drugs, alcohol & addictive behavior. New York, NY: Macmillan Reference USA. Oakdale Reference HV5804 .E53 2001

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General Subjects for FYE 1026


Drug Abuse

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Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.
  • APA
    Guide to basic APA style with links to further resources.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.

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