Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville
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
Reference materials may be found on our main floor to the left of the Research Services Desk as well as online.
See the "Online Resources" tab for more reviews.
Recommended Reference Databases
Oxford Art Online
A searchable reference library that includes: Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. View biographies, subject entries, and images as well as thematic timelines and learning resources.
Resource discontinued as of 12/31/2017.
Please contact email@example.com if you need help accessing alternate resources.
Key Reference Titles
Manga Design by
Call Number: WCU GENERAL
An encyclopedia-style volume highlighting influential manga writers and artists
This item is available via ABC Express
Grand Comics Database
The GCD is a non-profit, volunteer-driven database of printed comics throughout the world.
Comic Book Database
Comic Book DB is a volunteer-driven catalog of every comic, graphic novel, manga, creator and character possible.
Don Markstein's Toonpedia
This comprehensive site includes information about cartoons, comic books and newspaper strips, arranged in alphabetical order by character and with articles on authors, artists and publishers.
The Graphic Novel Archive
The Graphic Novel Archive includes reviews and previews and is searchable by creator, publisher, content rating and more.