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Reference Sources: Reference Collection

Online and print encyclopedias, dictionaries, statistical sources,biographies, almanacs and more are provided in this guide.

Online Reference Collections

These collections of encyclopedias, dictionaries and more can be searched for a wide variety of information.

General Encyclopedias

Sources of Background Information

Reference books, such as encyclopedias, are useful for fiinding the background information needed to support further searching. Available both in print and online, USM Libraries provides a collection for respected sources that far exceed what you might find in Google or Wikipedia. Authored by experts, these sources guarantee accuracy and provide a dizzying range of facts, statistics, biographies, and more within any discipline.

Please use the tabs above to locate online or print sources. If you don't find the information you need,  Ask A Librarian.

For reference materials within certain disciplines please consult the
Background Information tabs of our Subject Guides.

Selected Books