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Science Research at Mount Holyoke

Featured Reference Books

These are just a sampling of some of the reference books that contain factual and background information in the sciences.  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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