You would use this type of book to quickly find information.

 There are two reference areas in the Mary MacKillop Library

One contains:

  • Multi-volume encyclopaedia, both general and subject

The other contains single volume work, for example:

  • Atlases
  • Companions
  • Directories
  • Guides
  • Language dictionaries
  • Quotations
  • Subject dictionaries

These reference resources may only be used in the Library.

Why would you use reference books?

  • Not all the information found on the Internet is reliable.
  • They are a good place to commence any research, particularly in a new subject area.
  • Reference books may be relied on as they are reviewed and edited by scholars before publication.

The information is often in alphabetical order. This means it is very quick to find what you are after. Once you have located basic information you can then move onto other books where you can carry out more detailed research.

Online references sources may be found via the HomeworkHelp website on the eResources page.

This page will give you links to: