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Library Research Tutorial for Students : Search reference books

Directed toward online students taking English Composition - anyone is welcome to use.


A specialized reference book provides:

  • an overview of the topic
  • ideas for searchable keywords
  • lists of other sources from bibliographies that are often included with the entries

Search GVRL

Specialized encyclopedias

The library subscribes to online research databases with some providing a wide assortment of reference titles, like Credo Reference, with over 600 titles.See below for online reference databases:

Identify Experts

As you read through your literature you should see references to researchers or scholars on your topic. Write down their names. You may want to search them by subject and author when using the Online Catalog or online research databases.

Subject Guide

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Diane Baker
William Hessel Library
Lake Michigan College
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Benton Harbor, MI 49022