According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a reference book is "a book containing comprehensive information about a subject or range of subjects, esp. one intended for research or consultation on specific matters rather than continuous reading." Examples are encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc. Use this kind of books if you are not familiar with your topic. You can learn more about your topic before you make your final decision in picking a topic to research.
Go to SFC Library Homepage (http://library.sfc.edu/) to search our catalog.
1) Click the "Books & Media" tab to search for books (printed and online) and videos (DVD or streaming.)
2) Selecting an option in the second dropdown menu in the “Search for” section will yield better results. Here are four that you may use.
3) Select the type of materials you want in the results page on the left under "Refine My Results."