Reference sources generally summarize topics or assists in finding secondary literature. These sources provide background information or help you to find other sources. They are also great for quick facts, statistics, or contact information, and can be useful for learning specific vocabulary. Many contain bibliographies for further reading or additional sources on your topic. They are a great starting point for your research.
Most print reference sources cannot be checked out from the library. However, online reference sources are available on the library's website and can be accessed from home, with your SSU Navigator (current students) or Polaris (faculty/staff) username and password.
A listing of organizations, people, companies, institutions, etc., with a brief description of each including contact information. Online resource ReferenceUSA
Manuals provide"how to" information, such as how to write a correct citation. Examples include
The Merck Manual Of Diagnosis And Therapy and Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition.
These are annual documentary, historical, or memorial compendiums of facts, photographs, statistics, and other information from the preceding year, often limited to a specific country, institution, discipline, or subject. Print resource - Broadcasting & cable yearbook
The above types of reference sources list is adapted from Carol Zoppel, Research and Instruction librarian's types of reference sources list.