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Simpson Library | Special Collections

Classics: Obtaining Background Material

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in the Classics

General Reference Books

Using Reference Books

Simpson Library's reference collection is located on the first floor of the library.  Reference books have the call number prefix of REFB, and they cannot be taken out of the library. 

You can limit your catalog search to reference materials clicking on LOCATION in the Refine Your Search menu, and then selecting REFERENCE.

Simpson Library's electronic collections also include reference resources, and these may be updated more frequently than print resources.


Use Reference books to:

♦  Obtain background material to help familiarize yourself with your topic

♦  Place your topic in historical context

♦  Locate definitions of terms and concepts

♦  Find bibliographies suggesting additional resources on your topic

Literary Reference Books

Mythology Reference Books