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General Reference

Welcome!

The purpose of the General Reference library guide is to provide quick access to information from reliable reference resources, both in print in the library and online.

What are they?

Reference sources are available in general or subject specific contexts and in print or online formats. You need to evaluate each source and determine which are helpful to you and appropriate for you to use.

Examples:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Almanacs
  • Glossaries
  • Handbooks
  • Atlases
  • Bibliographies
  • Indexes

Reference materials are good starting points for research projects because they can provide:

  • background or introductory information on a topic
  • terminology or additional keywords to use in further searches
  • a bibliography listing other materials on a topic

Feel free to visit the reference desk on the first floor of the library and ask a librarian for reference book suggestions.

Why use a Reference Book?

Two Stanford PWR students talk about how reference materials will help them in their PWR research.

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