Reference sources, in print and electronic form, are intended to provide quick look-up information. In the Oregon Tech Library, many current reference books are kept in the Reference collection located in the central part of the library behind the reference librarian's desk. Other reference books are kept in the library's main bookstacks. Some reference databases are accessible through subscriptions paid for by the Oregon Tech Library and some reference books are available full text through a catalog called NetLibrary.
The library has many subject-specialized reference books. To identify sources that may be helpful to you, try a search in the Oregon Tech Library's Web-based catalog. You can combine (using "and") a keyword or phrase representing your topic with a keyword for the type of reference book you want to find. (These terms appear in the subject headings, and not necessarily the titles, of the records you retrieve). Use the form of the word listed in the table below, e.g., dictionaries (plural) instead of dictionary.
health and statistics
engineering and biography
computer* and dictionaries
psychology and encyclopedias
oregon and maps
Another way to identify books in the library's reference collection is to use a Keyword search for a subject keyword or phrase, limiting your search by Location. Select "Reference" from the "Location" drop-down menu.
Last updated: May 12, 2004