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Encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and more!
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is a reference resource?

"Reference" is a term that derives from the Latin referre "to carry back." A reference resource is something that we refer back to for information. Common examples are dictionaries, encyclopedias, and thesauri. These are tools that people want on hand to find quick information, to check a fact, or to gain a background knowledge of a topic.

In the past, reference resources were usually books. These days, they're just as often online. This guide lists some useful online resources, but we have many more great resources in print - the librarians at Albertsons Library will be happy to help you find resources on your topic, just ask!



Search for an item in libraries near you: >>
To find reference books on your topic, type in your subject and the type of resource. For example: women and encyclopedia or civil war and biography. 


You've probably used the Encyclopedia Britanica or another general encyclopedia before and you've certainly used a dictionary, but have you heard of the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture or the Dictionary of the Internet? We have access to dozens of subject encyclopedias and dictionaries through the sources listed below. Encyclopedias are a great way to get background information on your topic or to find topic ideas.

Word tools: Dictionaries, Thesauri, and Quotations

Library Resources

  • Call numbers
    Albertsons Library, like most academic libraries, uses the Library of Congress classification system. This website outlines call number areas by subject.
  • Library maps
    These maps and location guides are very helpful when navigating a large library.
  • Information Literacy Tutorial
    This tutorial provides a background on finding and using information. Requires Flash Player (click "Help" to download). The University of Idaho Library and Center for Teaching Innovation collaborated to create this tool.


  • Global Directories
    Searchable country directories for many areas of the world.
  • State of Idaho Directory
    State employee email and phone search in addition to agency listings, judicial districts, Idaho counties, Idaho cities, public school districts, legislative districts, commissions and boards, and employee phone listings.
  • U.S. Government Telephone and E-mail directories
    "Contact directories for government agencies and officials."
  • WhoWhere
    Searches for people or businesses and provides contact information.

Other Online Reference Sites

  • Infomine
    A searchable directory of web resources relevant to students and academics.
  • ipl2
    This is a huge annotated directory of reference resources and other useful websites.

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