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What are Reference Sources?

"Reference sources are authoritative works that help you locate information about people, facts, and ideas. These sources can help you find the date of an important event, major achievements of an individual or organization, or a definition of a term or concept. These books are often used to find specific facts, rather than written to be read cover-to-cover..."
Source: Research Like a Librarian

The Bothell Campus Library has reference materials online and in print. Most of our newer reference sources are online. Older print reference sources can be found in the third-floor stacks related to their subject matter, and most of these reference works can be checked out.

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Subject Librarians at the UWB/CC Campus Library are available to answer questions about library resources, research strategies, focusing a topic, citing sources, evaluating information and more. You can make an appointment to meet with a librarian who is working with your class or is an expert in the subject you are researching. Check the list of librarians (by name or by subject) or your class guide (CC, UWB) to find your librarian.