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This is a guide for finding general reference tools.
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Welcome to the General Reference subject guide. The purpose of this guide is to highlight the most useful general reference sources available in Loyola’s collection. Reference sources are valuable for finding topic overviews and background information, and offer credible, accurate alternatives to Wikipedia. Specialized reference sources can be found in relevant subject guides.

Online Quick Reference

  • Access Science
    McGraw-Hill's Encyclopedia (10th ed.) has fully searchable content by more than 5000 researchers, including 36 Nobel Prize winners; and includes up-to-date technology including Flash® animations, image galleries, podcasts, and videos.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online
    The online encyclopedia is fully searchable and browsable, with authoritative references. The online version contains articles not found in the print Britannica.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Gale Virtual Reference library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Choose 'title list' at the top of the screen to see which sources you are searching.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    Over 100 reference titles covering a broad range of subjects: everything from General Reference, Language and Quotations to Science and Medicine, and from Humanities and Social Sciences to Business and Professional.
  • Sage e-Reference
    This e-book collection contains over 60 of Sage's authoritative and award-winning encyclopedias. Browse by either the Readers Guide, Entries, A to Z listing or by Index.

Search Our Reference Collections

Use Reference Universe to search back-of-the-book indexes and entry titles in both our print and online reference collections; link to Pegasus to check location information or link to the entry if it is available online

Subject Guides

  • Subject Guides
    Get recommendations on where to start your research in a number of subject areas. Each guide contains key specialized sources that will help you with your research.

Library Catalogs

  • Pegasus
    Find books, journal titles, a/v materials, e-books, dissertations and all materials owned by Loyola Libraries.
  • WorldCat Local
    Find books, articles, and more owned by Loyola University Libraries and libraries worldwide

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