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Reference sources are a great starting point for starting research on a new topic because they provide general information on a topic. They often include the following types of information to help you get started:
Reference sources include encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other sources like them. Some reference sources for education-related topics are listed below.
This is not a comprehensive list. Most rankings do not do a good job of indicating the value of niche publications and must be viewed critically. A common weak point is categorization of journals by subject prior to analysis. Take into account: titles indexed by databases, circulation or library subscribers, acceptance/rejection rates, specialization, longevity of publication, prestige and reputation, and (related) affiliation with associations.