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Reference & Background Sources

General Works

Works that cover a broad range of topics.

Subject Specific Works

Listed here are just a few of the myriad of reference sources that cover specific topics and disciplines.   These can be found in the catalog by searching the topic along with the terms "encyclopedia" or "handbook" or "dictionary".  Some volumes are in print, others may be accessed electronically, or both.  These are great places to get background information on a topic!

  • The A to Z of Japanese Traditional Theatre. Books / Upper Level ; PN2921.L45 2010
  • Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art. Reference Collection (NON-CIRCULATING) / Main Level ; N6370 .G76 2009 
  • International Handbook of Research in Statistics Education. Books / Upper Level ; QA276.18 .I57 2018
  • Encyclopedia of Democracy. Reference Collection (NON-CIRCULATING) / Main Level ; JC423.E53 1995

Collections of Reference Sources

A list of digital reference source collections.  Each collection contains both general and subject specific titles.  Each links to a search page and each collection's titles are available within the library catalog.