"I know what I think. Don't confuse me with the facts."

Reference information is factual information. Most research begins with these accepted truths.

fact
[fakt]
noun1.something that actually exists; reality; truth:Your fears have no basis in fact.
2.something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.
3.a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
4.something said to be true or supposed to have happened: The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
5.Law. Often, facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence. Compare question of fact, question of law.
[definition from http://www.dictionary.com]

What facts are NOT:
Facts are not opinions, theories, commentaries, essays, assessments, critiques, analyses, productions, creations, advice, conventional thoughts, or even primary documents. They are statements of current knowledge, truths generally agreed upon by natural scientists, social scientists, historians, and mathematicians who have performed scientific and academic research upon which they draw conclusions.

Facts are not immutable, though. After all, it was discovered that the world is not flat, the sun does not rotate around the moon, bleeding people does not cure what ails patients, and cocaine is not healthy for a quick pick-me-up. Research is continually striving to find the absolute truth, building upon past knowledge, striving to find out new facts, both scientific and academic, that will modify or add to existing knowledge.

So, for purposes of research, we must begin with accepted factual information. If you need quick, basic general factual information, start with the sources below: dictionaries, almanacs, quotations, biographical information, encyclopedias, medical facts, etc.

For articles about extensive subject area content, read the reference articles on our Infotrac research database), Student Resources in Context (ID and password required). To use other databases, the Florida Electronic Library and online public library databases (if you possess a Florida library card). Then, if all that fails, start roaming the Internet, using the recommended search engines on the Search Engine Search page.

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An index of many, many reference sources. Use the search box at upper right.

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General reference articles about anything and everything.

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About.com's Education Channel

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Free basic version of Encyclopedia Britannica

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Reference information from published reference sources.

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Free search of multiple reference sources.

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Educational Dictionary & Thesaurus on beginner, elementary, and advanced levels

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When you know what something looks like but not what it’s called, or when you know the word but can’t picture the object

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Multilingual and English Dictionary; also has a tool for making all words on a webpage clickable to see the English definition.

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The most comprehensive and authoritative language portal on the web with more than 2,500 dictionaries and grammars in over 300 languages, dictionary, glossary and reference articles, and games that build language skills,

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Excellent dictionary that offers audio clip of pronunciation of words and thesaurus synonyms at the same time as the definition.

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Use the dictionary or thesaurus; translate a phrase or sentence (English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, or 50 other languages); find quotations (60,000 famous quotations, aphorisms, proverbs, and quips); or use their 750,000 English-Spanish dictionary entries (definitions, example sentences, synonyms, and audio pronunciations).
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Medical information and advice; personal health tracker.
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An index of many, many reference sources. Use the search box at upper right.



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