A reference work is a book or serial publication to which you can refer for confirmed facts. The information is intended to be found quickly when needed. Reference works are usually referred to for particular pieces of information, rather than read beginning to end. The writing style used in these works is informative; the authors avoid use of the first person, and emphasize facts.
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The below are excellent places to start work your research on a paper or presentation.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
The Reference Collection at Iona College includes, but is not limited to, encyclopedias, dictionaries, guides and handbooks, directories, bibliographies, and atlases, both general and subject-specific.
The purpose of the reference collection is to support our curriculum and to supply background and specific information. Reference books may not be taken from the Reference Room without special permission from the Reference Librarian.
An excellent place to start your research, Reference Universe searches the indexes and contents of all of Iona's reference holdings, often returning full-text encyclopedia articles.