by Brian Gray
Last Updated Jun 23, 2021
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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:
directories (for people and associations)
historical atlases and almanacs
Use the names of reference types in keyword searches to find the sections of Case Libraries reference collection that address your topic.
Online catalogkeyword 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:
Core Reference (first floor, Northeast shelves)
Ready Reference (first floor, near the reference desk)
"Check Shelves" (*this means that the material is shelved on the third floor with the rest of our books and monographs)