Reference sources like encyclopedias and dictionaries provide valuable background information and definitions for a topic or concepts within a topic. They can also help you to narrow a topic to a manageable level.
The Schurz Library Reference Collection is full of reference sources on fascinating topics. The easiest way to find a reference source is to ask a librarian. You can also browse through the Subject Guides available on the Library webpage. In addition, we have several online reference sources (Credo, Gale, or Oxford) available in the A-Z listing on the Library website.