Kelvin Smith Library
University-level libraries offer a wide variety of topical and subject specific reference collections. Many of the entries for words, topics, people, ...etc. in these works include multi-page essays and bibliographies. Make sure to take advantage of these print collections, as many of them will not be available electronically in full-text.
Types of reference works include:
Use these reference type names in keyword searches to find the section of the reference collection that addresses your topic.
Make sure to note the location of the print reference source in the catalog entry. It will be on of these three designations:
searchable electronic reference sources.
To access the Kelvin Smith Library online reference collection, start at the KSL homepage and hover your cursor
over the "Research Tools" link on the lefthand side of the page. In the dropdown menu for this link, click the
"Databases" link. One the next webpage, scroll down the page and click the "Reference" link. This will provide a
list of all our online reference resources. Collections include:
The OhioLink website also provides a robust collection of full-text, searchable academic books and reference materials.
To access the OhioLink e-book collections, click on the "OhioLink" link on the lefthand side of the KSL homepage. On
the lefthand side of the OhioLink homepage click the "E-Book Center" link. You will see a list of several e-book collections.
Try the "Scholarly & Reference Collection" link and perform some searches for reference books using the same technique
explained above for searching the KSL print reference collection. Search keywords for your class project might include:
The African American Studies Center and the Literary Reference Center are two examples of online, full-text collections that combine reference resources with scholarly analysis, primary historical documents and texts, and other materials.