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Using Reference Sources
Reference sources help you to get a general overview of a topic that interests you, and to get ideas for more specific topics that you can focus your research on. You can search for reference sources in the MSU Library Catalog, or through one of our reference databases listed at the right.
To search for bibliographies or encyclopedias in the MSU Catalog, simply add the terms "encyclopedia" or "bibliographies" to your search. For example:
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Includes over 200 reference works in the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences.
Blackwell Reference Online (now on Wiley Online Library)
Blackwell Reference Online content has moved to the Wiley Online Library, which contains online versions of authoritative reference publications in Philosophy, Religion, Literature, Cultural Studies, History, Business, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Linguistics and many other subjects.
Oxford Reference Online (Premium Edition)
Contains online versions of dictionaries and encyclopedias previously published in paper by Oxford University Press.