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Black holes are a fascinating phenomenon because … (Reed 501).

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D. L. Reed asserts that "black holes can be found all over the solar system particularly …" (501).

Works Cited


Author. “Title of Entry.” Title of Work. Edition, Volume, Publisher, Year, Page range of entry,  URL.

Reed, D. L. “Black Holes.” The Encyclopedia of Science. 3rd ed., Vol. 4,  Academic Resources, 2003, pp. 501-508.


McColl, Graham. “ABBA.” Encyclopedia of Music in the 20th Century, edited by Lee Stacy and Lol Henderson, Routledge, 2014. Kindle file.


Perlstein, Rick. “Watergate Scandal.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, 2012, www.britannica.com/event/Watergate-Scandal.  Accessed 12 Apr. 2018.

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