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Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Atlases: Introduction

Online reference sources. Some are subscription resources from the ACC Library; others are on the public web

What are Reference Sources?

Reference Sources are designed to help you get started on your research paper. They can help you in many ways-

  • To get background information on your topic
  • Information about important people (Who), events (What), places (Where), dates (When) and how they are related to your topic (How)
  • Great definitions and ideas for Keywords which will help you find more sources on your topic

Types of Reference Sources:

  • Almanacs (Facts, Statistics)
  • Atlas (Geographical info)
  • Dictionary (Definitions, Synonyms)
  • Encyclopedia (Topic Overview)
  • Handbook (Facts, Statistics, Timelines)

How to Use this LibGuide:

How to Navigate this Page

Be sure to notice the tabs at the top.  These will lead you to information on:



Book Quick Search

You can search for books by using the library's online catalog.

To search the library catalog for reference sources specifically, add a word such as "encyclopedia" or "dictionary" to your topic, e.g., child development and encyclopedia.

Type the keyword(s) in the box below then press Enter or click the Search button.

Need help using the catalog? Check out our Catalog Help pages.

Subject Guide

Courtney Mlinar
Elgin Campus
Austin Community College
1501 W HWY 290
Elgin, TX 78621

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