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English for Speakers of Other Languages Research Guide (ELL-095): Reference Resources

A guide to resources for persuasive papers on controversial topics

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.

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:

Find Facts & Topics Ideas: Selected Reference Books

Try electronic reference sources or visit the Reference Collection in the library to find the titles below by call number.