Reference sources include encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries. They are a great place to begin your research, since they can help with the following:
Reference books are shelved by call number in the reference stacks near the reference desk on the Main Level of the library. They may not be checked out, but photocopiers are available on the Lower Level of the library. Use reference resources to find background information on authors and literary works, as well as the social issues, historical periods, and themes.
Use these tips to help you choose a research topic:
If you want to discuss topic ideas, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with a librarian.
These search tips work in our library databases and Library Catalog:
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