Reference resources consist of items such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, atlases, directories, or statistical sources as well as periodical indexes, and subject bibliographies.
Dictionaries and encyclopedias may help you gain an understanding of the topic area by providing background information, definitions or explanations of words and concepts. Some of these resources may be useful in leading you to additional primary and secondary sources of information.
Note: Encyclopedias and dictionaries are classed as tertiary sources as they summarise the knowledge relevant to a particular topic or area.
You can go to Library Search to find reference resources in a particular area e.g. education, health, business and use one of the following searches:
You can access online reference material through the following database:
Note: Access individual databases through the More Search Options link on the Library homepage.