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What Does Reference Mean?

The word "reference" has a few different meanings.

When you're looking for background information, reference sources help you find specific and authoritative facts and information on a topic. Reference sources can include encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, and more.

Reference Databases

Are you just starting to research a topic? Do you need to get more context and background information before reading detailed articles and books? Try searching the reference databases below to find an overview of your topic.

Online Dictionaries

Use the dictionaries below to look up the definition or etymology of a word.

Subject-specific Encyclopedias

The library has encyclopedias and other reference sources about a wide variety of subjects. You can find many of them by using Search the Library and entering the word "encyclopedia" along with key terms about your subject area.

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More Information and Resources

For more information about reference sources, visit the Background Reference Sources Guide.