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What is Reference?
Reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and biographies help you find factual and background information about your topic.
It is advisable to look at more than one source of information to get the most information and to have a more balanced view of the topic.
Google and Wikipedia could be good places to start your search for general and initial ideas about your topic. But you will always have to use Library resources to get more credible information.
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Selected Print Encyclopedias
Encyclopedia of Pest Management by
Call Number: SR 632.95:E563p
Publication Date: 2002
Focuses on the identification and management of diverse species that damage food plants, livestock, and forests.
Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Science by
Call Number: SR 630.3:E563g
Publication Date: 2004
Covers classic and modern studies in plant biology in conjunction with research, applications, and innovations in crop science and agriculture.