Reference sources include dictionaries, almanacs, encyclopedias, and more. They provide basic information about a subject, person, or idea. Speed Library has access to both print and online reference sources.
Print reference titles: They are available in the Reference Room on the library's first floor. To search these works, conduct an Advanced Search in MICAL for your topic in one search box and the word "reference" in another.
Online reference titles: use the links below to search the library's reference sources databases [Oxford Reference or Credo Reference] or the online databases [Project Gutenberg, Bartleby, & The Complete Works of Shakespeare] which contain many out-of-copyright literary works.
The Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection provides easily searchable, full text access to more than 100 reference titles, including 46 literature titles, like An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare, The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature, A Dictionary of Critical Theory, and more.
Bartleby offers unlimited access to reference books, poetry, fiction and non-fiction material in the public domain. Featured texts include The Holy Bible: King James Version, novels by Emily Dickinson, poems by Robert Frost, and Strunk's Elements of Style.