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.
Q. Dear librarian,
Q. 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.
Q. What is "四合院“？
A. Please check this unique word via Oxford Languages Online Dictionary under四合院. To learn more about Beijing, you may check out 北京胡同。
Q. What does "太极-Tai ji" mean?
A. "Tai"means supreme , "ji" means ultimate. "Tai Chi" means supreme ultimate. However in the U.S., this term is frequently referring to Taichi chuan, (太极拳), a form of Martial Arts.
Q. What is 京剧？
A. It means Peking opera. Please check it out via 京剧。