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FIRE - First-year Innovation and Research Experience (UNH Durham) 2016-2017: Reference Sources

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Library & Research Glossary

The language of research unites all of the faculty and scholars at the university. Review these terms to communicate your information needs better with faculty and librarians. 

Why Use Reference Sources?

Reference sources are good places to gather background information on a topic or get ideas when choosing a topic.

Background information:

  • definitions
  • specific factual information such as dates
  • overviews or summaries of topics
  • recommendations for additional sources
  • research vocabulary

Types of reference sources

  • specialized encyclopedias
  • dictionaries
  • directories
  • statistical compilations
  • handbooks
  • bibliographies

Selected Online Reference Sources

Some Specialized Online Reference Sources

Find Reference Sources

Keyword search for encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference resources in the UNH Library Catalog. Example: space encyclopedia

Use the pull-down menu to search other ways as well.

Search UNH Library Catalog only

The UNH library catalog will identify books, journal titles (not articles), DVDs/videos, musical scores and recordings, maps, etc. at the Durham and Manchester campus libraries. 

First Year Instruction Librarian

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Ben Peck
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