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

Masters of Liberal Arts and Sciences (MLAS): Reference

Gale Virtual Reference Library

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 
  • biographical compilations
  • maps
Reference materials may be found on our main floor to the left of the Research Services Desk as well as online.

Library Online Reference Resources

Good places to start:

Other Online Library Reference Databases:

Key Reference Titles

Located in our Reference area

American National Biography REF CT213 .A68 1999

Dictionary of Art  REF N31 .D5 1996

Encyclopedia of Religion  REF BL31 .E46 2005

Encyclopedia of the Enlightment  REF B802 .E53

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance  REF CB361 .E52 1999

Encyclopedia of World Cultures  GN307 .E53

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

      REF H40 .A2 I5 2008

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas  REF CB9 .N49 2005

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 

      REF DA28 .O95 2004

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy  REF B51 .R68