To look for reference books enter your search terms in the search box above. After your results appear, in the "Collection" section of the "Narrow Your Results" column on the left side of the page, click on "Reference". You can also enter your search terms in the search box at the library home page. For more detail see the "How to Find Books" tab above.
Reference books typically contain information in a concise and authoritative manner. Encyclopedias and dictionaries are the two most common types you will encounter. Other types are almanacs, bibliographies, directories, handbooks, etc. Books in Tomlinson Library's Reference Collection cannot be checked out and must be used in the library. The library has some electronic reference materials as well. If you are at home and need to look up something, try our electronic reference materials.