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Online Reference Books!

 Reference books can provide quick and concise answers to those burning research questions and provide a perfect place to branch out from. But who wants to come all the way to the library just to have one question answered? Worse, thumbing through a large reference text can be difficult to do quickly. When you’re in a hurry you just want to be able to search for your answer as efficiently as possible. The University Libraries understand these problems and have found a solution. Our online reference section provides easy and efficient access to all of the reference e-books the libraries have access to. Even better, many of these online reference books can be searched like any database or web page, which makes finding the answers you’re looking for that much easier.

 Still not convinced? Check out some examples and see for yourself!

Encyclopedia of Social Problems: From their description: “The Encyclopedia of Social Problems offers an interdisciplinary perspective into many social issues that are a continuing concern in our lives, whether we confront them on a personal, local, regional, national, or global level. With more than 600 entries, these two volumes cover all of the major theories, approaches, and contemporary issues in social problems and also provide insight into how social conditions get defined as social problems, and the ways different people and organizations view and try to solve them.”

MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data: MARC records aren’t fun for anyone, especially when you are just learning the system, and the Library of Congress has provided an excellent tool to help keep track of what goes where. The record also provides several appendices containing examples and other supplementary information to help keep you on track in the stormy seas of metadata.

The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions (2 ed.): Interested in constitutional law? Want to know where some of the most revolutionary changes to America’s laws came from? Just plain curious about the debates surrounding controversial issues that made it to the Supreme Court? Then this is the book for you! This volume contains all of the major cases to date that have made it to the highest court in the land. Compiled by eminent legal scholars, the entries contain not only details like which way which justice voted and who wrote the opinions and dissents but also details about the legal and social background, the court’s reasoning, and the cases impact on society.

The Oxford Guide to the United States Government: This resource contains information on key figures, events, and structures that have influenced the United States government since its inception. There are lists of political offices and their holders, notable members of congress, Supreme Court Justices, historical commentary on past elections, Presidential decisions, international and domestic programs, in depth analysis of Congressional leadership, and more.

And these are just a few of the many online reference resources available through the library. We have resources covering every subject in all three of the University Libraries! With their ease of use there’s no excuse not to use them now that you know!

If you need any more assistance finding what you’re looking for don’t hesitate to email us at dewref@albany.edu, call us at (518) 442-3691, or just stop by the reference desk.

Blog post and image credit: Alex Hoag

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