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Reference sources, including encyclopedias and handbooks, can help expand your understanding of key terms and concepts related to your research topic. Many of these resources also contain recommendations for further reading and more in-depth study.
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As a Vassar researcher, you have access to hundreds of databases. We have databases that contain different types of materials (scholarly articles, newspapers, images, primary sources, audio and video...), as well as databases that are especially appropriate for particular subject areas (philosophy, Asian studies, history...). When choosing a database, try to match where you search to what you hope to find. Here are some examples of databases that may be useful for your annotated bibliography.
You've found a great book on your topic, but you're struggling to find other sources. Try citation tracing to identify additional relevant books and articles. This sounds fancy and complicated, but it's as simple as checking out the bibliography and/or notes in a source you've already found, and using these citations to expand your search.