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Online 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.

    Off-Campus Access to Online Resources

    Remote users will be prompted to provide their college ID number after clicking on the link for a research database or an electronic book.

    Need Help? Ask a Question Online

    • Call or email the Reference Desk for research assistance (see Research Help box)
    • Chat with a Carroll Librarian during library open hours on the library website or
    • Use our online reference form 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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