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What are Reference Sources?

Reference sources are available in general or subject specific contexts and in print or online formats. 


  • 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

Online Reference Shelf

Reference Books/E-Books

Below are selected reference books about Philosophy.  Be sure to browse the reference shelves on the 2nd floor between the following call numbers to find more materials:

  • B - Philosophy (General)
  • BC - Logic
  • BD - Speculative philosophy
  • BH - Aesthetics
  • BJ - Ethics