Reference sources are important because they can help introduce you to your topic. These sources typically will give you an overview or background information that will include basic facts. The reference databases listed here also include more specialized, subject-specific works that are useful for giving you more in-depth overviews to various topics. All reference sources are helpful in that they give you a place to find more keywords or phrases that you can use to search article databases, the library catalog, etc.
Examples of what to type into a database search box.
Read reference articles related to some of the main themes from Cash's The Last Ballad.
The username and password to access databases from off campus are similar to what you use to access the PCC portal (myPittCC) and Moodle. The only difference is that you DO NOT include the last part of your email address (@my.pittcc.edu) in the username. Generic logins are available to community residents with PCC library cards, and others who are enrolled in or are affiliated with PCC programs and continuing education courses. Have questions? Ask us!