Reference books, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks, can be a great place to begin research on your topic.
They will often give you a good overview of a topic, background information, specific details, or statistics. In addition, they can point you to other useful sources of information for your research.
The reference books in the Senior Library at SPHSC all have "S.REF" on the spine label above the call number.
Collections of online reference books allow you to search the full-text of multiple titles that might cover your research topic.
In addition to general encyclopedias (like the Encyclopaedia Britannica) and almanacs, the library owns specialized reference sources for many different topics. The list below shows some examples of what we have in the library -- both as print copies in the reference section, or online.
These strategies will help you to best utilize reference materials in your research: