Reference Resources

Resources for authoritative backgrounds, overviews, and quick facts.

Reference Resources

Reference Resources

Reference resources are excellent places to begin research. They provide background information about a subject or are used for quick facts, such as definitions or statistics.

Checking reference resources for background information will help you

  • get an overview of the subject.
  • note key concepts/developments.
  • identify significant individuals.
  • see a chronology/timeline.
  • discern connections/interrelationships with other developments.
  • develop a list of search terms.
  • find bibliographies -- sources for more information.

The library has thousands of reference resources both in print and online. The tabs in this guide lead you to sources that may meet your needs.

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