Consulting reference sources is a great way to begin your research. Many, such as subject encyclopedias and dictionaries, provide overviews of a topic, identify key words and concepts, and give suggestions for further reading. Guides to the literature and bibliographies supply lists of other works on the topic to consult. Other sources are good for quick look-ups of facts, statistics, etc. This page lists some of the reference sources to which you might want to refer for your research, but it is not exhaustive! If you can't find what you want here, send me an e-mail or come into the library and ask for help. Print reference books are located on the shelves facing the front door as you enter the library. Online reference sources can be reached through links on this page, or through the Library's Databases webpage under Reference Tools.