The library’s 20,000 volume print reference collection is located in Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Information Commons. These volumes, along with the library’s rapidly growing digital reference, provide access to the latest facts, figures, definitions, statistics, trends, data analyses, digests of literature criticism, maps, charts, biographical sketches, and many other formats of the world's basic information. Most of the library’s reference materials are updated as frequently as new editions are published, but some are timeless works on specific subjects that have yet to be surpassed or improved, and have been relied upon by generations of scholars.
From the world-famous Oxford English Dictionary to not-so-famous but academically essential titles such as the Bibliography of Bioethics or the Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Campaigns, the collection provides the starting place for any research. Together, the library’s reference collections provide access to well-organized, fundamental information that is either not available for free on the Internet, or very difficult to find in a well-edited and easy to use format. In many cases, the reference book is available to the library user in both print and online format, allowing for consultation from wherever one is working, on campus or off.
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