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How to Find & Maximize Reference Sources
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References sources, particularly specialized encyclopedias, offer many benefits. Consider the following tips as you review a reference source on your topic to reap all the benefits and make your researching even better.
- Get definitions and background - Reference sources assume that you are new to a topic. Jargon and specialized terminology will be explained and contextualized, which you might not get in more advanced books and journal articles.
- Get caught-up on a topic - Research is a conversation, and often it's been going on for years. Reference sources will provide a historical background and identify key developments to help you understand how we got to the current understandings and theories.
- Identify key people and theories - Who are the most important people and ideas on your topic? Reference sources will help you identify them so you can explore them more deeply.
- Find more sources - Reference sources will provide additional reading, usually in the form of references or background lists. These are a great next-step in your research process.
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Encyclopedia of Neuroscience
Call Number: Online
This encyclopedia gathers in-depth essays by internationally known experts and short keynotes explaining essential terms and phrases. In addition, expert editors contribute detailed introductory chapters to each of 43 topic fields ranging from the fundamentals of neuroscience to developments in new, interdisciplinary fields.
Handbook of Developmental Social Neuroscience
Call Number: Online
Exploring the dynamic relationship between biology and social behavior from infancy through adolescence, leading investigators discuss key processes in typical and atypical development. Chapters address emotion, motivation, developmental disorders, and psychopathology.
Atlas of the Human Brain
Call Number: Sci Ref QM455 .M347 2008
There is no atlas that approaches the accuracy and comprehensiveness of The Atlas of the Human Brain. The atlas includes a DVD with not only the atlas in electronic format, but also 3D visualisation software that allows easy browsing of the images.