Reference sources, including encyclopedias and handbooks, can help expand your understanding of key terms and concepts related to your research topic. Many of these resources also contain recommendations for further reading and more in-depth study.
Begin your search for books in Library Search.
To find books and other resources not held by Vassar, take your search to WorldCat.
If you need to find articles and don't know where to start, try a keyword search in Library Search.
Next, consult databases.
If you have a citation to a journal article and want to know how to get access at Vassar, enter the details into our Citation Linker.
If you want to search in a specific journal, use Library Search to explore our journals collection.
You've found a great book on your topic, but you're struggling to find other sources. Try bibliographic tracing to identify additional relevant books and articles. This sounds fancy and complicated, but it's as simple as checking out the bibliography and/or notes in a source you've already found, and using these citations to expand your search.
Citation styles are formats and rules established and modified by institutions and associations of scholars in various academic disciplines. Style guides contain comprehensive guidelines that cover most citation situations. Preferred citation styles vary across fields and disciplines.