Reference sources are authoritative works that you can refer to for specific answers or information. They are also a great place to start your research when you want to find background information or an overview of a broad topic. The databases listed below contain a great collection of reference sources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.).
You can also find print and electronic reference books using the UW Libraries Search box below. Try combining your topic or interest with terms such as encyclopedia, handbook, dictionary, etc.