Reference Works are collections of information and facts that one can refer to when starting research. Depending on the resource, the work can provide you with definitions of important terms, background information and history, biographical information about noteworthy individuals, or data and statistics. Examples of types of reference works include: encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and atlases, among others. We have a collection of physical reference books on the first floor of the library, behind the reference desk. We also have many digital collections of reference works, which are listed below. If you have questions about how to use our reference collection, ask a reference librarian.