Using reference resources


Reference resources provide very specific kinds of information. It is best to use them when you know exactly what information you need. You should be able to decide which reference resource to use, according to the question you need answered. For example: 

  • What does the word "conservation" mean? You would use a dictionary to answer this.
  • Who is Nyerere? You would need to use a biographical reference because Nyerere is a person.
Advantages of reference websites

1. The information is in condensed form, which makes it easy to find and read. Reference websites are very specific information sources. Below are some examples.

pbdotb3.jpg (981 bytes) http://www.mapscom/explore/atlas specializes in providing maps. So, for example, if you want a map of Nigeria you would use this site.

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pbdotb3.jpg (981 bytes)Bartlett's Quotations will give quotations. You merely have to type in the word for which you want a quotation.

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Disadvantages of reference websites

1. Not all reference websites provide in-depth information. If that is your requirement then you would look for websites dedicated to that subject using a search engine such as Google.  
For example if you want to know the population of Mozambique you would look in the CIA Factbook (a reference website). Should you want to know information on Africa in general e.g. about the National Parks of Africa you would use a site like Living Africa (which you would find through a search engine).

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2. Some reference websites may not provide you with current information. For this, you would use a current affairs website such as those hosted by some newspapers, such as Independent OnLine pbdotb3.jpg (981 bytes)  and television channels such as  CNN pbdotb3.jpg (981 bytes) 

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