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SPC 1608 - Stein (Dale Mabry): Reference

Links and tips for your library research.

Reference sources have background info

reference books on a shelf

Reference resources, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, can provide background info to help you understand your topic. Reading encyclopedias can also give you search terms to use in the library catalog and databases.

Find physical reference books in the library, and online reference resources linked on this page.

How do I find reference resources?

In the library:

Reference books on a vast away of subjects are located in the Library's Reference room, 2nd floor of DLRC. Ask for help in finding what you need.


Using any of the eBook databases below, you can search your topics to find background information from one ore more reference resources:

May I cite reference sources?

Your instructor may allow certain reference sources to be cited, especially subject-specific ones - for example, an encyclopedia of art. However, best to ask before including it in your cited sources!