Insights from the Intern: Reference Collection Treasures

By: Megan Neely

Question: How many times have you used the Reference Section?

I asked this question to ten students hanging out in the Curriculum Materials Center this week, and I was not entirely surprised by their answers. Some of them said that they only use the Library’s online databases for their research or that they didn’t think the section would have anything for them.

It’s quite the contrary people!

Lately I have been poking around in the Reference Section, and I have been stumbling across so many amazing finds! Within the four rows of shelving on the main floor of the Rohrbach Library exists so many useful materials that are perfect for research papers and other homework assignments. If you’re interested in History, you could check out the series Great Lives from History: American Women for biographical information about significant women in history or Speeches of the American Presidents for a comprehensive look at over two hundred of the most important speeches from our nation’s presidents. Aspiring environmentalists should check out World at Risk: a Global Issues sourcebook to learn more about prominent issues facing our planet.

There are plenty of options for obscure tastes and assignments too. For the Comic-Book buff, there’s The Superhero Book; which is the ultimate encyclopedia of all Comic-Book characters. Literature lovers can turn to Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers for information about these writers. Even Run DMC fans can find information about their favorite artist by looking in the Encyclopedia of Hip Hop.

The Reference Collection has something for everyone and every assignment. To assist your search, ads are being displayed this month to highlight interesting texts atop each bookshelf. So next time you’re in the library, take a minute to peruse the Reference Section. You will definitely be amazed by what you find.


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