Reference Sources

Reference Sources

Reference sources are publications designed to be consulted for authoritative information rather than being read cover to cover.

  • Reference sources generally contain entries that are arranged in some way, such as alphabetically. 
  • Examples include almanacs, encyclopedias, directories, handbooks, and dictionaries. Howard-Tilton has references sources in print and electronic formats. Some reference sources consist of multiple volumes. 
  • Multiple volume sets in print are generally not available for check-out.

Confused by the array of reference books out there?

Try searching our collection of print and online reference books using Reference Universe.

Reference Universe covers almost any subject--philosophy, history, human rights, pop culture and so on. Just enter your topic in the box below for a list of reference books covering that topic. From the list you can click on the title for information from the library catalog about the book (including any links to the online version), or see where the topic is listed in the book's index.

General Reference Sources Research Guide has available reference sources organized by category.