Reference Materials

Reference Books

Reference works (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) contain concise, factual entries often written by different experts on the topic. Reference materials, especially materials that focus on specialized subjects, are good starting points for learning about a new topic.

Use reference materials…

  • when looking for background information on a topic.
  • when trying to find key ideas, important dates or concepts.
  • for definitions of terms.
  • to find references for other sources of information.