Why use them?
Reference works, like dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, as well as online sources like the ones listed here, can be important sources of background or other information to assist you with research on your term papers. If your interests are broad, this information may help you focus on a manageable research topic. These sources may also suggest books or articles which contain more information on your chosen topics.
These online web resources may help you in your research.
The Library has a large collection of encyclopedias, atlases, and other specialized reference books, in the Reference Collection on the 2nd floor. Also, we have a large collection of government publications in the US and Pennsylvania Government Documents Collections on the 2nd floor. Reference books do not circulate.
The following are a few examples:
American Conservatism Ref JC573.2 .U6 A43 2006
American Presidential Campaigns & Elections Ref JK1965 .A57 2003
Congressional Record (available online)
Encyclopedia of Federal Agencies and Commission Ref JK9 .H536 2004
Encyclopedia of Government & Politics Ref JA61 .E5 1991
Encyclopedia of the Democratic Party Ref JK2312 .E55 1997
Europa World Year Book Ref JN1 .E85
Federal Register (available online)
International Encyclopedia of Women's Suffrage Ref JF851 .H28 2000
Pennsylvania Bulletin PA Docs PGA 134.17/4 (also available online)
Pennsylvania Manual PA Docs PGS 1.17/4 (also available online)
Political Corruption in America Ref JK2249 .G767 2003
Public Papers of the Presidents Gov Docs AE 2.114 (also available online)
Robert's Rules of Order Ref JF515 .R65 2004
Statesman's Yearbook: The Politics, Cultures, & Economies of the World Ref JA51 .S7
United States Government Manual Gov Docs AE 2.108/2:[yr.] (also available online)
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