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CMH 5100 - Trauma and Crisis Intervention (Plocha)

Online Reference Shelf

What are Reference Sources?

Reference sources are available in general or subject specifics 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.


  • 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

Print and Electronic Reference Books

Below are a few selected reference books related to counseling and psychology. Be sure to browse the reference shelves in the B's for Psychology related topics and the L's for Education related topics