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Library Research Tutorial: Find Reference Sources

Learn how to research at the UCC Library!

What are reference sources?

Online Reference Sources at UCC

How to find reference sources using the UCC Library Search Box

Using the UCC Library Search Box, you can find:

  • "Research Starters"
    • These show at the top of your search results and are usually an encyclopedia entry related to your search terms.
  • Reference sources in the form of ebooks
    • For example, an encyclopedia or dictionary in the form of an ebook.
  • Reference sources available in print at the UCC Library or in the Douglas County Library System
    • For an example, a paper encyclopedia or dictionary.
    • You can also find print reference sources by browsing the shelves of the library.
  • You can also find the citation for each reference source that you find using the library search box.

Search by Keyword

Search Terms for Reference Sources

  • When looking for reference works on a specific subject, use very simple keywords. Examples: social psychology, solar system origin.
    • The keyword phrase women's rights would bring more results than women's rights in the 19th century in Oregon.
  • Use as few words as possible to sum up your general topic. If you do not get many search results, reduce the number of words you are using in your search terms.
  • Do NOT write sentences or ask questions (natural language) as you would in Google.

Example

If I were searching for reference sources about net neutrality, I could try some of the following search terms:

  • net neutrality
  • internet neutrality
  • open internet

Search by Title

If you know the specific title of a reference book, you can do a title search in the UCC Library Search Box to get the call number.  

  • For example, I am looking for the ICD-10 (The international Classification of Diseases - 10th edition), I could enter part of the title, icd, in the search box and click Search.

  • I find that this book is available as a print book at UCC. The call number for its location at UCC is 651.961 I. This is the book's location on the shelves at UCC. The library staff at the front desk of the library are always happy to help you find the location of a book.

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