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Featured E-Reference Books

Biography Resource Center  
Combined biographical reference sources including Contemporary Women Artists, Contemporary Women Poets, Gay & Lesbian Biography, Great Women in Sports, and Notable Black American Women

CQ Researcher
Reports on controversial topics that provide history, context, and arguments from both sides of an issue. GREAT for context of many many important issues.

Featured Reference Books

These are just a sampling of some of the reference books that contain facutal and background information on Economics.  Search the catalog or ask a librarian to find more, or ones most relevant to your topic.

Background Information in the Library Catalog

Search by background information in the library catalog
You can search the library catalog to find many more reference sources such as specialized encyclopedias. Perform a keyword search for your topic and add one of the words below.

  • encyclopedia
  • dictionary
  • handbook
  • guide
  • atlas

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Why Background Information?

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other resources to help you discover basic information—names, dates, definitions, summaries, etc.  These are good places to start when narrowing or choosing your topic, and when beginning research on an unfamiliar subject.

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