Reference books should only be used for an overview, and not as one of your major sources. Because reference book articles are short, you are not going to find the level of detail required to write a successful paper.
Circulating books offers more specific information on one major subject with lots of details in its further subdivision. You may also find lots of supporting materials via facts, personal experience or survey as well as possible some statistics. It takes you to a deeper level of research.
The Garver Room houses the library’s main reference collection.
Use reference materials, such as almanacs, fact books, dictionaries and encyclopedias to get an overview of key terms and concepts related to your topics as a way to begin the research process.
Reference books are located in the Garver Room (silent study room).
Circulating books are located in the stacks.
You may start from here,
Q. Dear librarian, after I searched the NOBLE Catalog, I found one of the items I like to read having a call number like this: C951 M12YI. what does it mean and where I can find it?
A. This prefix means this item is in Chinese language. You can find it in the regular stacks for all books in the range of 951. Ms. Pei
Q. Yu Guangzhong or Yu Kwang-chung?
A. Both are correct, so search with both spellings.
Q. Ch'ing Dynasty or Qing Dynasty?
A. Qing Dynasty is a better term. However, you may try both when doing the keyword search. Plus, you should try one of the following suggested terms.
For example, you might want to read this ficiton: Empress Orchid by Anchee Min.
For more questions, stop by the Help Desk to talk to Ms. Pei.