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HSTY 329 Museums in Global Perspective

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Online Catalog Searching for Reference Collections


University-level libraries offer a wide variety of topical and subject specific reference collections.  Many of the entries for terminology, key concepts and topics, people, ...etc. in these works include multi-page essays and bibliographies.  Make sure to take full advantage of these collections, both in print and online.

Types of reference works include:

  • topical encyclopedias
  • biographical dictionaries
  • directories (for people and associations)
  • historical atlases and almanacs
  • subject handbooks
  • subject guides
  • statistical compendium
  • subject bibliographies

Use the names of reference types in keyword searches to find the sections of Case Libraries reference collection that address your topic.

  • Online catalog keyword search example = (“encyclopedia/dictionary/handbook”) + (research topic keywords)

If the reference source is not available electronically, make sure to note the location of the print reference source in the catalog entry.  It will be one of these three designations:

  • Reference (first floor, Northeast shelves)
  • KSL Stacks 3rd Floor/"Check Shelves" (*this means that the material is shelved on the third floor with the rest of our books and monographs)

Topical Reference Sources

Below are examples of topical reference materials from our Case Libraries collection.

Comprehensive Electronic Reference Collections

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