What are reference books?
A reference book (either e-book or print) is a collection of information on a given topic, usually organized alphabetically. Reference books include bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, directories, and indexes.
Selected e-books by subject
If you'd like to browse a few titles by subject, we've gathered selected titles in our E-Books guide:
Art & Music
Business & Law
Ecology & Environment
Health & Medicine
History & Political Science
Language & Literature
Philosophy & Theology
Science & Technology
The library offers more than 17,000 books in electronic format from various publishers and providers. Our major collections of e-books include:
Ready Reference E-books
Reference Universe searches much of the reference collection—both print and online sources. You can count on these sources to be scholarly and authoritative.
*Results list both links to e-books and print items (note call #s for books on reference shelves) .
Find Reference Books in the reference section of the St. Paul or Minneapolis libraries or in E-Books and Online Reference Sources. These books cannot be checked out.