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Why Start With Reference Books?
Reference sources noted in the box below provide background information, an overview of a topic, specialized vocabulary and terminology, and critical concepts. They're often a great starting point. The Library has reference materials both online and in print. Want more information? Note the contact information in the box to the left.
The following titles are representative of sources found in the reference area. Additional titles are in the 503 - 540 call number range.
McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology by
Call Number: R 503/M147e 2002
Publication Date: 2009-06-10
7100 concise articles covering disciplines of science and technology from acoustics to zoology.
Encyclopedia of Science Technology and Ethics by
Call Number: R 503/E56Mi 2005
Contains more than 675 articles on topics that relate to every conceivable area of ethics in science and technology--and beyond.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms by
Call Number: R 503/M147
This dictionary has over 105,000 terms, more than 122, 600 definitions, and 3000+ illustrations.
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