Reference materials provide a great starting point for your research. They provide general overviews of people, places, events, and ideas and help establish your understanding of a topic and serve as a foundation for further research. Reference materials include encyclopedias, statistical works, yearbooks, almanacs, biographies, reports, chronologies, atlases, indexes, and other sources of general information. This guide presents those items in electronic form.
Use the tabs on the left to explore different types of e-reference materials.
Librarian tip: Reference materials are considered tertiary sources (three times removed from the original source). Because of this, your professor may consider them not acceptable as a source. Therefore, you should check with your professor about including reference/tertiary sources on your References/Works Cited/Bibliography lists.