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Find encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, thesauri, and more. Use reference books to get background information, facts, and context.
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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.

General Reference

The library offers more than 17,000 books in electronic format from various publishers and providers. Our major collections of e-books include:

  • Britannica Online  
    Browse or search more than 100,000 articles from Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    Online access to more than 300 volumes from the Cambridge Histories series, providing scholarly coverage of many academic subjects
  • Credo Reference  
    A digital reference library of dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, books of quotations, and subject-specific titles, covering many subjects, all from leading publishers.
  • EBSCO eBook Collection
    A collection of more than 12,500 electronic books, including scholarly monographs, reference materials, and more. Formerly known as NetLibrary.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    A database of encyclopedias and other reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
  • Oxford Reference  
    Full-text dictionaries and other reference books in many subject areas from Oxford University Press
  • SAGE Knowledge (formerly SAGE Reference Online)
    A collection of more than 170 specialized encyclopedias and handbooks. Particularly strong in the social sciences, medicine, and the environment.

Ready Reference E-books


Reference Universe

Reference Universe searches much of the reference collection—both print and online sources. You can count on these sources to be scholarly and authoritative.

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*Results list both links to e-books and print items (note call #s for books on reference shelves) .


General Reference

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.

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The American Heritage dictionary of the English language
Call Number: SCU Reference - PE1628 .A623 2000

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The new Oxford American dictionary
Call Number: SCU Reference Desk - PE1628 .N429 2001

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The Oxford English dictionary
Call Number: SCU Reference - PE1625 .O87 1989
20 volumes. Also available online.

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The encyclopedia Americana
Call Number: SCU Reference - AE5 .E333 2000

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The New Encyclopaedia Britannica
Call Number: SCU Reference - AE5 .E363 2005

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Roget's international thesaurus
Call Number: SCU Reference - PE1591 .R73 1992

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Roget's thesaurus of phrases
Call Number: SCU Reference - PE1689 .K47 2001

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Catholic almanac
Call Number: SCU Reference - AY81.R6 N3 2010

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The World almanac and book of facts
Call Number: SCU Reference - AY67.N5 W7 2010

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