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How do I find reference sources?

A guide to finding online and print reference sources like almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.

Starting Points

Popular general reference sources.

Reference Collections

Online Reference Collections

This guide provides links to popular online reference sources by category. Specific reference works can also be located by searching the Library Catalog.

Print Reference Collections

Print reference collections are located by the reference desk at each campus library. Regenstein's Reference Desk collection on the 1st floor contains some popular titles, but the main reference collection is on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Area Studies reference collections are on the 4th and 5th floors. Print reference book can also be located using our Catalog. Most reference books cannot be checked out of the Library, unless they are located in the bookstacks.

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.

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