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• SCOPE of your topic
• IMPORTANT ISSUES of your topic
• EXPERT TERMINOLOGY (scholarly language)
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Best Bet: Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of hundreds of subject-specific encyclopedias and specialized reference resources covering a wide variety of disciplines.
Credo Reference provides articles from over 600 titles with particular emphasis on encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and reference handbooks.
CQ Researcher provides in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day.
Global Road Warrior highlights information about the cultures, geography, and people of the world's nations.
Gale Biography in Context biographical information for over 500,000 people.
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Best Bet: O*Net OnLine O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
Occupational Outlook Handbook career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.