College-level research requires that we use scholarly, reliable, accurate, and current information to support our claims, arguments, and opinions. In addition, not many free web resources can promise that the information they provide is as accurate as an encyclopedia edited and written by experts and published by Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, etc.
Any books that are used to look up background information, facts, the spelling of a word or its meaning, and so forth are reference resources. The Oboler Library has a large reference collection in print, located on the first floor of the building. You also have access to a great many of these kinds of resources electronically, by using our library catalog, OneSearch, or through one of the reference database "packages" like Oxford Reference Online or Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Research Services staff are trained to help you in many ways. We can help you choose keywords or subject headings, construct a good search for better results, determine the best resources on your topic, find tutorials and other information on research, and cite sources. We can also help you use the library catalog, OneSearch, databases, microfilm readers, find books, and much more. We can help you determine whether or not the library has the article you need. We are patient, great listeners, and our goal is to do all we can to help you succeed in college!