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Writing in the Disciplines: Reference

A guide to writing resources available in Ramsey Library and the UNCA Writing Center.

Using Reference Resources

A reference source is a compendium of authoritative information, compiled for ease of use.

Reference materials include

  • subject or general encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri 
  • statistics
  • biographical compilations
  • maps
Reference materials may be found on our main floor to the left of the Research Services Desk as well as online.

Key Reference Titles


Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Credo Reference


Oxford English Dictionary   


Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (Print)
Call Number:  Ref PE1097 .C47

Thesauri A Web version of Roget's Thesaurus

American Heritage Thesaurus (Print)
Call Number: Ref PE1591 .A44 2005

Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (Print)
Call Number:  Ref PE1591 .S765 2007


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations at

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (Print)
Call Number:  Ref PN608 .B27 2002

 The Quotations Home Page