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What is a Reference Book?
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Reference books are authoritative, often unbiased, information sources such as dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias, etc.
The print reference collection is located on the first floor of Rice Library.
Why Reference Sources?
- Background information
- Important figures
- Dates, places, and people
- Definitions and key terms
Lists of additional sources (articles, books, etc.)
History/Political Science/Law Online Reference Titles
- Britannica Online
- CREDO reference
- ECCO: Eighteenth Century Collections Online
ECCO offers online access to one of the most extensive libraries of eighteenth-century English books in the world.
- Gale Biography in Context
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Browse list of online reference titles to match your resource needs
- International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences
- Issues & Controversies
World News and Social Issues
- Sage Knowledge
Scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks in social sciences, health, and environment
- Social Issues in America; An Encyclopedia
More than 150 key social issues confronting the United States today are covered.