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What is a reference source?

 A reference source is a print or electronic resource designed to be consulted for specific facts rather than to be read as a whole. 

Those which are in print format are shelved by Library of Congress (LC) call numbers on the fourth floor of the Evans Library.

It will come as no surprise to you that many reference sources are available electronically and are often PDF’s of published, print books.  Sometimes they are individual e-books, but frequently they are part of an aggregation of reference sources available as a searchable database.  The Library has purchased access to these e-books and databases and use requires the TRACKS ID and password.

Librarians have also identified and evaluated excellent free Internet reference sources.  Many are linked in this Research Guide.

Click above on the General Reference or discipline specific TABS to find and access selected resources for your reference and research needs.

e-reference databases