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Senior Capstone: Reference Materials

About Reference

Reference materials are a great way to get an overview of your topic. They do not generally circulate outside of the library, but you can make copies of important content using the copier by Ms. Foust Colburn's office. 
Reference materials include:

  • dictionaries
  • encyclopedias
  • directories
  • biographical sources
  • geographical sources
  • ready reference materials

When using these sources, start with the index (often in the last volume if the material is a multi-volume set). You can also try the table of contents or the appropriate volume for your subject's name if the resource is arranged alphabetically.


Don't forget reference books online!

Oxford Reference Online

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Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich

Friedrich's greatest accomplishment was his ability to turn landscapes into a medium of physiological and spiritual biography. Here, he includes his own portrait within his landscape as a lay figure seen from behind -- a device intended to invite the viewer to look at the world through the lens of the artist's own personal perception.