The Reference Collection supports both in-depth research and basic information needs in the broad areas of the humanities and social sciences. Specific subjects include anthropology, business, communications, economics, education, geography, history, languages, library science, linguistics, literature, performing arts, philosophy, political science, psychology, recreation, religion, sociology, and women’s studies. Limited coverage in the areas of law, music, fine arts, science and technology allows the collection to serve as a general reference resource.

The collection includes print and electronic almanacs, atlases, bibliographies, concordances, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks, indexes/abstracts, library catalogs, statistical tools, style manuals, and more. Most materials are in English, but many non-English materials are included, especially those dealing with Western languages and literature. The collection is not restricted to any particular geographic area.

Subject Specialist: Steve Baumgart, Beth Harper, Ellen Jacks, Rebecca Payne

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