Can I cite from REFERENCE books in a research paper?
Any source used to research an academic paper should be included in the Works Cited List/Bibliography. Be aware, however, that:
So, instead, it's best to use reference books as a guide to your topic for sourcing:
In general, think of reference books as a "road map" to your topic and not the final destination! The primary or secondary sources found in books or journal articles are the materials that should be used to build a research paper; a reference book helps you decide which of these publications you need to complete your research journey.
A REFERENCE book provides:
What is the benefit of REFERENCE books?
Probably the easiest, most efficient way to access the OCAD U Library's collection of useful encyclopedias, guides, handbooks, atlases, etc. is to:
There are reference books on most every subject taught at OCAD University, so just look for the call number range associated with your subject of interest, then see if any are of interest. Popular titles include: