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ICEAPNS: Reference Resources

Your Guide to Cape Breton University Library

Why Use Reference Resources?

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks provide definitions, background information, introductions, or topic overviews.  This is especially useful to:

  1. learn about a new topic
  2. identify a topic for an essay
  3. identify terms you can use when searching for more information
  4. locate more information using bibliographies



ref·er·ence noun \ˈre-fərn(t)s, ˈre-f(ə-)rən(t)s\ 

  • a work (as a dictionary or encyclopedia) containing useful facts or information

Locating the Best Reference Resource

There are many print and electronic reference resources available in our library. Print reference resources are located on the library's main floor. Reference books must be used in the library.

"How can I find the best reference book for my research?"

  1. Review the library's subject guides. Click the Getting Started/Reference tab to locate subject-specific reference items.
  2. Look at the call numbers on the books you've found; look for a trend and go to that area of the reference collection and browse.
  3. See Research Assistance Desk staff for assistance.

CREDO Reference


There are many dictionaries available in print and electronically. This small selection of dictionaries illustrates that variety.