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Digital Learning Guide: Find Background Info

Why Start with Reference Sources?

Start researching a topic by reading an article in a general or specialized encyclopedia, also known as reference sources.

Reference sources are useful for:

  • Choosing a topic
  • Understanding terminology
  • Locating background information
  • Identifying good search terms
  • Identifying additional resources

Print reference books are located on the main floor of the library.

They are organized by subject according to the Library of Congress system.

Electronic reference sources are available through the catalog under Find Books and under the link for Online Reference Resources below.

Online Reference Sources

Explore the quality online reference resources available through the library using the guides below.

Many of the resources in these guides are purchased by the library while others are freely available on the Internet.

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