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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Environmental Studies: Reference

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.

Credo Reference: Basic Search Box with descriptive text

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Credo is an easy-to-use full-text database of over 750 reference sources, including general and subject specific encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, pro/con articles, and images. It is a great place to begin your research, and can be considered a good replacement for Wikipedia in your academic papers. Try to keep your searches simple and then refine your results with the advanced serach options for best results.

Key Reference Resources

Scan-to-email

Reference materials are for library use only.  Scan-to-email and copy machines are available.  See the research desk for more information.

Online Reference Sources