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Electronic Reference: Home

This guide provides links and descriptions for some of the most frequently used electronic reference sources.


In this guide you'll find lots of examples of Electronic Reference Sources, which can help you to find background information or facts quickly. Use the above tabs to find electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical sources, book reviews or world facts

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This guide primarily displays general reference materials—in other words, those that cover a wide range of topics or are applicable to a wide range of projects. But there are many more subject specific materials available through the library. To find them, there are a number of things you can do:

  • You can visit the library's Database page and choose a subject, or resource type. The page includes one specifically dedicated to Reference Tools, which provides links to general as well as subject-specific reference works, as do many of the individual subject pages .
  • You can visit the Subject Guide page for the subject in which you're interested. For many subjects, librarians have listed the top resources available, including background and reference materials.
  • You can try a search in the library's OneSearch engine. First, search for the subject using one or more keywords (e.g., "politics," "literature," "music," "psychology"); you can either search "Everything" or narrow it to "ConnColl Books and Media." Then, on the facets on the lefthand side of the page, scroll down to "Location/Collection." Click "Show More," and then in the resulting list, find "Reference Collection."

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