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Research (General): Where do I start?: Reference Sources

Tools you can use for researching any topic, plus tutorials on research, strategies for evaluating research sources, and how to get research help 24/7

What are reference sources?

Reference sources (like encyclopedias and dictionaries) are a great place to start  your research. In reference books or ebooks you will find topic definitions, maps, concise topic overviews, statistics & quick facts, plus a list of references to other research sources which you can use for further research.

Scholarly encyclopedias: The SCC Library has 100s of scholarly subject encyclopedias. You can browse our collection on the library 1st floor or search our encyclopedia databases. Ask a librarian for help finding the perfect encyclopedia for your research topic.

Reference books

The SCC Library's Reference Collection is located on the 1st floor.  Ask a librarian if you need help finding a reference books on a specific topic.  Here are just a few examples of books in the Reference Collection:

Library databases

There are several library databases which contain reference books. The following SCC library databases are especially useful sources electronic encyclopedias & dictionaries. 

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