Within the library, whether face-to-face or online, there are a number of resources available. Each resource is useful for different kinds of research.

For example, a dictionary provides the meaning of a word. There is much more to the collection of information resources in a library, however, and learning which resource to use for a specific task is one more step toward strengthening your information skills.

  • An encyclopedia provides long articles about specific subjects. Encyclopedias provide a nice overview of information on a topic and are a great starting point for a research project.
  • An almanac can be a really fun, as well as informative, resource. Almanacs provide a large number of facts on a variety of topics.
  • Another resource is the thesaurus. To find another meaning for a word or a substitute word to use in writing, consult a thesaurus.
  • You would consult an atlas to locate geographical information, such as the location of cities and countries.
  • There are a number of different directories available that provide names, addresses, phone numbers, and additional contact information for individuals.
  • Handbooks are excellent resources when you are trying to learn how to do something. These frequently provide pictures, diagrams, directions, and tips.
  • A guidebook is useful when you are traveling or trying to learn your way around a location.
  • Finally, a yearbook gives facts about what happened during a specific year in history.

Once you have reviewed this information, go to the next item in Moodle for this week and match each task with its appropriate resource,

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