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Our Online Reference Collection Provides Quick Answers

Did you know that in 2008 it was estimated that there were over 180 million websites (Source: Digital Inspiration) on the internet? Now try to imagine what that number is over three years later! How are we supposed to navigate through all of those websites? Never fear brave students, the University Libraries have gathered resources from the ever expanding World Wide Web for all of your research needs. Both free websites and online reference resources to which the library subscribes can be found under the Online Reference section on the main library page.

One of the most helpful categories is the Style Guides section on the main list of resources. This section will become your best friend, especially if you are having to cite various sources, or need to brush up on your citation styles. This section gives you helpful guides for various styles, there are even citation generators included here.

Statistical sites may seem boring to many but they are really very interesting and can be a powerful tool for research. The Statistical Sources section offers resources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Statistical Abstract of the United States. These resources include basic census data, but they can also tell you how much a gallon of gas cost in 1990 ( just $1.16!) or a loaf of bread in 2000 (only .99!).

These are just a few of the sections that would be helpful for researching various topics. There are also numerous resources for your everyday use such as car price guides, weather reports, book reviews, and even travel information. So check out these helpful resources before you jump into the bottomless pit of the World Wide Web!

If you have any question about locating or using some of these basic reference resources please stop by the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or Ask A Librarian!

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles