These are some noteworthy titles available through Houston Cole Library. HCL provides some books in print format, some in electronic format, and some in both. The catalog record for each book indicates the formats in which it is available.
To find books on a topic, you can either search the Library Catlaog using the above search widget or you can search one of the following databases:
To find reference books on a topic, you can either search the Library Catlaog using the above search widget or you can search one of the following databases:
Reference books are of many types (bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, gazetteers) and are used for various purposes and at different stages during the research process. Some academic disciplines, particularly those in the humanities, rely more heavily on reference books than do disciplines in the sciences or social sciences. Because of their connection to an academic discipline, these works are called specialized reference books. Their role and what they provide in research is different from what is done by electronic databases or circulating books that can be checked out. For student research, probably the most useful type of specialized reference book is the encyclopedia (or book under a different designation that still functions as an encyclopedia).
In research, reference books are useful to
Aside from assisting in research, these specialized reference encyclopedias also can
Here are a few of our reference books for American southern literature. Please use the Library Catalog search box to find more reference books.