New to the U?: Encyclopedias and other Reference Resources

Whether you are a first year or a graduate student, this guides serves as an introduction to library services and research strategies.

Credo Reference Search Box

This box will search all of the online reference sources in our Credo Database.  Try a search using the keyword "divorce" as an example.

Why Use Reference Books?

Before you begin writing a paper it's helpful to have a good overview of your topic. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference material can help you.  If a topic looks interesting, but you don't know enough about it, or you want a source of information other than your textbook, academic reference sources are what you need.  You'll learn about the most important aspects of your topic, the important researchers, and many of these sources will list citations to key articles, books and book chapters.

I've listed some related reference material below, and the box to the left tells you how to find other reference sources using Reference Universe.  You can also ask a librarian about appropriate reference resources.  Contact me or use Get Help


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