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Types of Library Materials

This guide will help you distinguish between different types of library materials including books, reference books, eBooks, magazines, and journals.

What are Reference Sources?

Reference books are a GREAT place to start your research.  They will give you concise, factual information on a particular topic intended to educate, not persuade. They tend to be things like specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries.

These print and electronic reference sources are all obtained by a paid subscription by Olympic College Library.  None of the electronic sources can be obtained free from Google searches.  They are part of what is called the "Invisible Web".  They are written, edited, and reviewed by experts and therefore qualify as "scholarly" sources.


Search for Reference Sources

Use this search box to search just for books in the catalog.

Selected Reference Databases