Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

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.