What does "reference" mean anyway?
Every library has a section of REFERENCE BOOKS. Reference books are usually books you wouldn't read cover to cover. You would use them to look up specific information. Encyclopedias, atlases, and directories are all types of reference books.
Reference books are a great place to get a short summary of a topic you aren't familiar with. They're also good for getting topic ideas.
Every library also has a REFERENCE DESK. This is where you can go to ask any question.
The above link will get you to a database of only reference material. In addition to the reference books in the library, we also have access to hundreds of reference books online. Click on the link and try to find your topic in a reference source.