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How do I find reference sources?  

A guide to finding online and print reference sources like almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014 URL: http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/reference Print Guide RSS Updates

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Print Reference Sources

Where are they located?

Print reference collections are available at each campus--normally located by the reference desk.  In Regenstein, a small reference collection is on the 1st floor, with the main reference collection on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  Area Studies reference collections are on the 4th and 5th floors.

Can I check them out?

Most reference books cannot be checked out of the Library, unless they are located in the bookstacks.

Online Reference Sources

Reference sources are authoritative works that you can use to locate specific types of information. Below are guides to the common types of reference sources.

The Library's research guides also highlight important reference sources for specific fields.

Guides to Print Reference Sources

These databases allow you identify the best print reference sources for your research need.  Search the Library Catalog for the reference work once you locate a citation.

  • Guide to Reference
    Directs you to the best reference sources by field or type of source (biography, reviews, etc.).
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index  
      
    If you are looking for a biography of a person, this is a great place to begin. Just conduct a search on the person you are looking for information on, and the database will provide you with a list of reference sources which include biographies.
  • New Walford Guide to Reference Resources
    This book is a good place to identify British reference sources.

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