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SER260: Supervision and Leadership in Human Services (Nolan): Reference Resources

Online Reference Sources

Reference Books

What is a Reference Source?

noun: reference; plural noun: references
  1. 1.
    the action of mentioning or alluding to something.
    "he made reference to the enormous power of the mass media"
  2. 2.
    use of a source of information in order to ascertain something.
    "popular works of reference"
  3. 3.
    a letter from a previous employer testifying to someone's ability or reliability, used when applying for a new job.
verb: reference; 3rd person present: references; past tense: referenced; past participle: referenced; gerund or present participle: referencing
   provide (a book or article) with citations of authorities.
               "each chapter is referenced, citing literature up to 1990"

A Reference Source, then, is something you refer to- like an entry into an encyclopedia or handbook.  Books shelved in our Reference Collection can not be checked out, but you can copy them, scan them, or use them in the library as much as you'd like.