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Reference Sources: Overview

A guide devoted to print and online reference sources at Musselman Library


Reference sources are perfect tools for helping a researcher gain a basic understanding of a topic.  They're also great for starting a topical bibliography because they can direct you to additional sources for further reading.  Reference sources take several forms here at Musselman Library.  This guide will help you understand.

Most of our print reference book collection resides on the shelves in the Reading Room, on the library's main floor.  Many can be checked out of the library for short, 3-day loans.  Watch for the "BLUFFTON READING ROOM" designation in the library's online catalog.

With our connections to OhioLINK, Bluffton University subscribes to hundreds more reference sources online.  Their keyword searchability makes them ideal as a starting point for your research.  

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Reference Sources online

Print Reference Sources in the library

Reference sources are arranged by call number in the library's Reading Room.  Call numbers beginning with A are shelved to the left on entry to the Reading Room, just past the bulletin board. Shelving continues clockwise around the room, ending with Z call numbers near the archway toward the Red Room.

Selected examples of print reference sources in our collection include: