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This guide introduces you to the main reference collection, both print and electronic
This short video will introduce you to reference sources, which typically give a good background and basic information on topics.
Tips for Searching
The reference collection is a microcosm of the general collection; all subject areas are represented and the organization is the same as in the main collection (by call number). To search within just the reference collection, go to the online catalog and do a basic search. Choose "Reference" from the drop-down menu.
Types of Reference Books
The reference collection contains atlases, bibliographies, biographical sources, subject encyclopedias, books of facts, directories, language dictionaries, and more. These are generally books that you don't intend to read from cover to cover. You might just want to select one entry or consult a reference list at the end of an article.
Here are some examples in each category (all are printed books unless indicated otherwise):