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This is a guide for finding general reference tools.


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.

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Reference Universe is a unique tool that makes searching for encyclopedia and similar material easier and faster by searching back-of-the-book indexes and article titles in thousands of reference works owned by Loyola University Libraries. If the Library has access to any online encyclopedia covered, you link directly to that entry. If not, Reference Universe connects to the Library's online catalog to show you if the Library has the print encyclopedia.

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