Created by Mrs. B with a little
help from Mrs. Pittman
A reference is anything you use to help you
Most people do not read reference materials
cover to cover.
Pic by Muffet via Flickr
Pic by Westley Fryer via Flickr
Pic by raymaclean via Flickr
Great for finding
rich words in your
Better word choices
NOT as much
information as a
Click here to make sure you understand the
usefulness of a thesaurus.
Is this considered a reliable
The Internet can be a valuable
reference resource if you learn
to search wisely and evaluate
Who?- who created this site? What are their
credentials? What makes them an expert?
Can you trust them?
What? - What kind of information is on the
site? Will it help you answer your questions?
When?- How long has it been since the
website was updated? Is the information still
And then cross-check the information to see
if it agrees with another reference resource
Click here to create a question that you are
curious about regarding something you are
studying in science or social studies. Find
the answer using the Internet. Then use a
print reference material from your classroom
or the library to cross-check that answer.
Picture from Toronto Public Library Special Collections
Now you know how to use reference materials
Use them wisely, use them daily.
Seek more… be more.