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Research Methods: Reference Books

Basic Approach to a Research Project

Using Reference Books for Preliminary Investigation

Reference Books have their own section in the Library.  A typical Reference Book is an encyclopedia, dictionary, or directory.  They are composed of short entries perfect for quickly identifying basic information on a topic.  Reference Books range from general subject coverage to specific topics.  Reference Books are not allowed to leave the library but can be photocopied or scanned.  They are clearly marked "Ref" near the call number label. 

Here are examples of reference books: