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OWHLGuide in Support of the HUACA Project: Reference Sources Plus

Reference Books vs. Circulating Books

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.

Where can I find them?

  • Reference books are located in the Garver Room (silent study room).
  • Reference books CANNOT be checked out or leave the library.
  • Please return reference books to the Garver Room when you're done using them.
  • All reference books will have the prefix REF before the call number.

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  • Circulating books are located in the stacks. 
  • Please use the Stack Directory in the Main Help Desk area or ask librarians.
  • If you don't find a circulating book in the stack, you may check 1) Books around the slot where it should be; 2) The shelves with "To be shelved" in the stacks; 3) Ask the librarian at the Circulation Desk to see if it is just returned.
  • Librarians can help you to get a copy via an Interlibrary Loan service.

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Electronic Reference Sources

Reference sources are also available in database form through the library.  These sources are available 24/7!

  • Credo Reference is a broad-based reference tool that can be limited to search for literature resources.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica is useful for finding broad overviews.
  • The Literary Encyclopedia is good for author overviews; it also includes some information on literary works and movements.
  • Reference Universe shows you what is inside each book, searching deeply into the indexes of more than 20,000 electronic and print reference works.
  • Oxford Language Dictionaries Online Search Oxford's authoritative bilingual dictionaries to get accurate, up-to-date translations you can rely on.

Garver Reference Room

 

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.