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Why use reference sources?
Reference sources - such as encyclopedias and dictionaries - can provide background info on your topic. Reading encyclopedias can also give you search terms to use in the library catalog and databases.
Find hard copy reference books in the library, and online reference resources right here on this page.
Online health sciences reference resources
Look up unfamiliar terms in a health sciences dictionary.
PRO TIP: To quickly find a term, select PDF Full Text, then "Search Within," to enter your term in a search box.
Background on your topic from health sciences encyclopedias can really help you in your research.
Content from many health sciences encyclopedias and other reference books are included in the searchable databases below:
Health & Wellness (Gale) This link opens in a new windowContent from allied health journals, encyclopedias and other reference sources, as well as informational pamphlets. Also includes the Alternative Health suite of resources. PRO TIP: Search results default to All Content Types. You can break up the list by viewing results under each individual type, e.g. Reference, Magazines, Academic Journals, etc.