When should I use reference materials in my research?
Reference materials, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and almanacs are a great place to start your library research. They can provide a good overview of your research topic, help you focus your research, and direct you to other relevant books and journals.
What's the difference between general and subject specific reference materials?
General reference materials, such as the Encyclopedia Britannica, are written for a popular audience. They aim to provide an overview of general knowledge in one or more areas.
Subject specific resources provide more in-depth coverage of a particular topic or academic discipline.
Where is the library's reference collection located?
The library's reference collection is located on Level 10, behind the Information and Research Assistance Desk. Additionally, many of the library's reference holdings are also available electronically.