Reference books are a great place to begin your research. They can:
Our reference books in the library must stay in the library and remain available for anyone who uses the library in person.
Encyclopedias are an excellent place to begin your research project. They can provide a concise overview of a topic in language that is easy to read and understand. This can be particularly useful if you are working in a subject area that you are not familiar with.
We have several reference databases which provide a similar function to our print reference collection, by supplying encyclopedia articles and/or reports on certain topics. The content in our reference database is different from what we hold in print, so we recommend using both the databases and the print collection for your research.
To see a complete list of our reference databases, go to Databases by Subject and select Reference Databases under "Database Type."
A good place to begin your research is with Lightner's print reference collection (located near the reference desk on the main level). The resources in our print collection can help you answer many of your research questions and can provide you with background information on your research topic. Reference sources include: