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Education Research Guide: Start with Reference Sources

A guide to resources in education

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.

Selected Reference Ebooks

Gale eBooks

The library purchases authoritative Reference ebooks in all subject areas for the Gale eBooks collection.

These ebooks are available 24/7 to Carroll students.  Users will be prompted for their college e-mail address and password to access e-books with a computer off-campus.

These books can be identifed by searching the catalog or by searching the Gale platform below:

Selected Print Reference Books

Search the catalog under Find Books to find additional reference sources or browse the Reference Collection in the call numbers listed below.