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Reference books are located on the east side of the main floor. You can locate specific titles by using the SuperSearch or by asking for help at the Information Desk. Reference books can only be used within the library.

To limit your SuperSearch results to only Reference books, select “Reference” from the list of Location filters to the left of the results.


Cowles Library subscribes to a number of online reference sources as well. To search across both our print and online reference collections, use Reference Universe.

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Our Encyclopedias and Dictionaries research guide provides links to–and brief descriptions of–individual online reference sources.