An online reference section for the Marriott Library.

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Online Reference

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Reference desk at the Marriott Library from the University of Utah Archives.

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The Marriott Library Card Catalogue from the University of Utah Archives.

Starters (Books/Links)

Oxford English Dictionary
Available in both print & online
PE 1625. O87
American Heritage College Dictionary
PE 1628 .A6227 2002

Pocket Oxford American Thesaurus 

Webster's New World College Dictionary
PE1628 .W5629 2016
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1919)
(17th edition)  PN 6081. B27 2002
The OWL at Purdue
Harvard College Writing Center
Elements of Style (1918)
(4th Edition) PE 1408. S772 2000
Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace
PE 1421. W5455
Academic Writing for Graduate
Students PE 1408. S7836 2004

What is Reference?

Historically, the reference section of a library contains the library's reference books.  Reference materials often include dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, style guides, software manuals, or standards and are generally used to find facts or provide a broad overview of a topic.  They should not be used as major sources for research papers or other projects.

In 2018 the Marriott Library moved our physical reference materials to the Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) and are available by request through our catalog.  Since many of our reference materials can be accessed online, this Research Guide serves as an online reference section.

Librarian Contact Info

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Alfred Mowdood
The University of Utah
J. Willard Marriott Library
Head of Faculty Services,
Representative, Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), and
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Kinesiology
295 South 1500 East #2110 R
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0860
(801) 585-7125

Pronouns: he/him/his

For assistance

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Ismaeil Hakimi
Information & Research Specialist, Middle East Collection Liaison
Marriott Library, University of Utah
295 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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