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*General Reference Sources: A Guide

Sources that include authoritative facts, background materials and basic information, including: biographies, book reviews, dictionaries, encyclopedias, facts and figures, issue reports, maps and atlases.

What does "Reference" mean?

Reference resources should be used to locate authoritative facts, background materials and basic information at the start of your research.

Reference tools available include:

  • biographies
  • book reviews
  • dictionaries
  • encyclopedias
  • facts and figures
  • pro/con issue reports
  • maps & atlases

Online Reference Sources - Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and more

Reference Universe

Confused by the array of reference books out there? Try searching our collection of print and online reference books using Reference Universe.

Reference Universe covers almost any subject--philosophy, history, human rights, pop culture and so on. Just enter your topic in the box below for a list of reference books covering that topic. From the list you can click on the title for information from the library catalog about the book (including any links to the online version), or see where the topic is listed in the book's index.

Enter your search terms: