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Opticianry: Dale Mabry: Background info

Links and tips for your research.

Why use reference sources?

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Reference resources - 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: