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Print reference materials are located to the right of the Payments Desk on the first floor, east side. They can be located by using the online catalog or by asking for help at the Ask Here Desk. Reference books can only be used within the library.

If you only want Reference books when searching the catalog, click on the “Location” dropdown menu and select “Reference.”

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.

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