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Use the Library's Reference Collection

Reference sources include

  • encyclopedias  
  • dictionaries 
  • handbooks

The topics they cover may be

  • general (example: SCIENCE)
  • specific (example: BOTANY)

Reference sources contain

  • definitions 
  • facts  
  • statistics
  • lists of additional sources
    HINT: The list of additional sources is usually a good place to start your research
  • search terms
    HINT: Using the correct search terms = a successful search

To find a Reference source on your topic, you can

  • Identify a specific source by searching Austin (see below for instructions)
  • Use the reference databases 
  • Browse the Reference Stacks on Level 2 (see below for instructions)
  • Ask a Librarian at the Information Desk

To search Austin for Reference sources:
Try a subject search in Felix. Combine your topic with a word describing a reference source type.

EXAMPLE: crime encyclopedia

To browse the Reference Stacks:
Find the correct call number range in the Outline of the Library of Congress Classification.

Browse the Collection in the call number range you identify.

LC Class Outline: science books are in the Q range
Browse this range to find:

Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Ref Q 121 .M3 1992

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