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Reference Materials

Reference and Research assistance are provided at both the upper and lower Reference desks.  Other ways to  contact us can be found here.

You do need to log in to use these electronic reference books, using the same credentials that you use to log into your MyAccess account or email.

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

The COD Library contains a wide variety of reference materials.  The print materials from the Reference Collection and some of the online materials may only be used in the Library.  

The various subject/topic research guides will also list more specialized online reference tools.


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