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This guide provides an overview of Butler Library resources covering general reference materials, internet resources, and basic search tips.
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Use the tabs above to locate general reference books, articles, journals, and much more. Try the Reference Tools tab for additional help on citation and for links to more specific subject guides.


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What is a genereal reference source?

   General reference sources are a great starting point of any research project, and provide factual information. This includes information that provides answers to: who, what, where, when, and how. 


  • Almanacs
  • Biographies
  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Gazatteers
  • Handbooks, Guides, and Summaries
  • Indexes
  • Maps and Atlases

Why use a general reference source?

   Reference materials are good starting points for research because they provide:

  • introductory or background information on a number of topics
  • keywords and search terms for searches
  • a bibliography listing other resources on those topics

If you need further help, please feel free to consult a reference librarian, either at the reference desk, or via phone or chat services.


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