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Reference eBooks

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. 

Search for Books in our One Search Box

Go to SFC Library Homepage ( 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.

  • Full record searches for the terms that you enter anywhere in the record. Your terms may appear in the title, the subject field, table of contents, etc. It's a general search. Use it when you are not sure about how to phrase your subject.
  • Title searches for a specific title.
  • Author searches for the author. 
  • Subject searches for titles that are specifically on your topic. 


3) Select the type of materials you want in the results page on the left under "Refine My Results."