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Reference Collections - General: General Reference Collections

Why Choose a Reference Book?


Reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, atlases, etc. give concise introductions to topics or terms.  Use them to:

  • explore topics for research;
  • get background information;
  • explain unfamiliar ideas.

They are available through the MC Library in both print and electronic formats.

Recommended Databases

These are large, multidisciplinary collections offering a mix of dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, chonologies and other reference materials.  Some titles are general in nature and others are subject specific.  You can search or browse all of these collections.  In addition, titles can be found through our online catalog, MC Library Catalog.