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United States Law

Reference Defined

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.