Most libraries have a place (online or virtual) where you can get help with using library resources.
There are three main types of reference assistance:
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Although there are thousands of reference resources available, they can be categorized into a handful of groups.
Below is a quick guide for selecting the right type of reference source (Collins, 151):
|For information about...||Choose...|
|General information/Overview of topic||Encyclopedias|
|Names & addresses of people, organizations, institutions, companies||Directories|
|Profiles of people||Biographical Dictionaries|
|Places/Maps||Gazetteers or Atlases|
|Facts and Statistics||Almanacs|
|Formula, Tables, How-To-Do-It||Handbooks and Manuals|
|A person's work||Reviews or Criticisms|
|Dates, outlines, historical timelines||Historical tables, Chronologies, Historical yearbooks|
|Periodical Articles||Indexes or Abstracts|
|Books and other sources||Bibliographies or Guides to Literature...|
Reference materials may be general or subject specific.
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Collins, Donald, Diane Catlett, and Bobbie Collins. Libraries and Research: A Practical Approach, 3rd ed. Dubuque. IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1994.