Use encyclopedias to get an overview of your topic so you will better understand books and articles. Subject specific handbooks, almanacs and dictionaries provide precise nuggets of information. See this table for further information about reference materials and how they can provide information on your topic.
Need a reference book from City's collection? Doing an Advanced Search in the library catalog will allow you to refine your search to a specific campus (City), collection (Reference), and format (print or electronic).
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Click the SDCCD Books + tab below to find reference books and tertiary sources in San Diego City College Library. We have over 4,500 books in our Reference Collection, located on the second floor. We also have electronic reference collections on our A-Z databases page
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Reference sources come in print and electronic formats. Here are some examples from our collection; click the links below to check on their availability.