The general reference collection comprises materials that serve one or more of the following purposes:
- factual information (e.g., dictionaries, atlases, statistical yearbooks, biographical dictionaries)
- overview of a topic (e.g., handbooks, encyclopedias)
- guides to in-depth research on a topic (e.g., bibliographies, indices)
Subject-focused reference materials are collected across subject areas and are addressed in subject-specific collection development statements. The general reference collection includes those materials that are not subject-specific, are of general interest, or are broadly multidisciplinary.
The preferred format is electronic. Online resources that are optimized for use within the library’s discovery system are preferred.
Reference materials are not collected for which there are reliable, free, online alternatives.
Materials are primarily collected in English. Other languages are collected as needed for subject-specific reference collections.
Chronological and geographical focus
Current materials are emphasized.
No geographic areas are excluded.