In order to do research in any subject area, you'll need a range of sources, including books, journal articles, newspapers, blogs, magazines, and perhaps other kinds of websites. Reference sources compliment your study and guide you as you establish your ideas. They are designed to provide overviews of existing scholarship, concepts, and knowledge in any given subject. Reference sources make a concerted effort to present information objectively, and they allow you to access quality information quickly. Often, you'll find the most important scholarly sources that exist by first consulting a reference source.
Here you'll become familiar with several kinds of reference sources that will guide you through your studies in Psychology, including:
Reference sources are unlike "regular" books in that they cannot be checked out of the library; you can always count on them being on the shelf. Be sure to explore each of these categories as you begin the research process. Also, vist the "Evaluating Online Reference" page to learn about sorting through information.
Print reference books are on the first floor of the Carmichael Library, by the back windows.
What the call number means:
Ref. This book in is in the Reference Collection on the 1st floor
BF The General Subject Area (Psychology)
109 The numbers in this line represent a specific subject area (Biographies)
.A1 More details about the subject (A Collection of Biographies)
P72 This combination signifies the title of the book; can also be the author's name
2004 Year of publication