A reference source (dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac, directories, etc.) is a good place to start to get brief background information or definitions on a particular topic.
Include facts, figures, addresses, statistics, definitions, dates, etc.
Useful for finding factual or statistical information or for a brief overview of a particular topic
used to look up information rather than read an entire source
The Triton College Library's reference collection are housed on the low Reference shelves on the 2nd floor of the A-Building. The call numbers of reference books begin with the prefix REF and may only be used in the library.