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Reference Sources (Encyclopedias & more)

This guide introduces the reference sources available at Cal State LA library.

What is a Reference Source?

Reference sources are a way to quickly look-up information and are a great way to get to know a topic before conducting more in-depth research. Types of reference sources include:

  • Almanacs (Facts & Statistics)
  • Dictionaries (Definitions)
  • Encyclopedias (Concise info on a variety of subjects. Can also cover a single subject/topic in more detail)
  • Maps & Atlases (Geographical Information)
  • Thesaurus (Synonyms)

Major Reference Databases

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300