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What are reference sources?

Reference sources provide background information on a variety of topics and are a great place to start your research. Users generally consult reference materials on a certain topic and read entries related to that topic. These sources are rarely read cover to cover.

The sources list on this page are general reference sources.  You can find subject specific reference books under Selected Reference by Subject in the upper left-hand side of the page.

Perhaps the most important reference source is our professional staff, available all hours the library is open and ready to help you with your research while guiding you through our print and electronic resources.





General Reference

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General Statistics

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For additional reference help, please contact a librarian through the Ask a Librarian page.


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