Reference Universe is the only library database which includes links to both electronic Major Reference Works, as well as deep, back-of-the-book index level access to your library's collection of specialized encyclopedia and major introductory works.
Reference Universe includes index-level metadata to 50,000 English-language specialized reference works. Titles included in the Reference Universe Bibliography are tertiary sources — authoritative introductions designed to give the non-specialist a solid grounding in the established themes and terms of any topic(s).
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The service excludes scholarly monographs; scholarly journals; gazetteers; almanacs or what is regarded as “ready reference.” In this way, Reference Universe is designed to get researchers off on their path with confidence as well as saving time in their search for monographs and supporting journal literature.
Reference Universe contains millions of back-of-the-book index terms to specialized subject encyclopedias. This kind of detail is available in no other service.
This means your prized Major Reference collection can be seen and used in a way never possible.
This vast dataset, in concert with the millions of article-level links to electronic Major Reference titles, gives both a granular and collection-level view of your library’s finest introductory materials.
With the feature, users can “walk the shelves” of your library’s online and print reference collection, organized via Library of Congress Classification.
Another benefit of this browse view is to refine your LC classification requests or scroll through adjacent titles. These browse features increase the discovery of proximate titles that might better suit the researcher’s needs.
Non-Local Results benefits both library administrators and the researcher.
The Non-Local Results tab produces a list of titles relevant to the search query but that your library does not own. This utility, when combined with the research trend statistics found in Collection Analysis, can influence your library’s reference collection development.
Additionally, the Non-Local Results option serves the researcher looking to take advantage of your local Interlibrary Loan Service.