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Why Reference Works?
Scholarly reference works are useful for the following:
- An overview of a topic
- Topic ideas for a paper topic or narrowing your topic
- Finding keywords for searches
- Bibliographies for further research
Reference works are good starting points for research, but are rarely cited in research as secondary sources.
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Full-Text Online Reference Databases
Contains full text encyclopedias and reference books in the social sciences and humanities. Search by keyword or browse by topic.
Oxford Reference Online
Contains full text subject encyclopedias, reference works, dictionaries, and handbooks in all disciplines.
Oxford Handbooks Online
Contains full text Oxford University Press handbooks on topics in the fields of business, management, philosophy, political science, and religion. Handbooks provide overview, background, historical synthesis and reference lists.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Portland State University Library Content)
Features full text scholarly encyclopedias and reference works. This expanded collection of the Oregon Gale Virtual Statewide Reference Library includes Portland State University purchased titles. Some additional content may be freely available during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The Concise Dictionary of Crime and Justice by
Call Number: HV6017 .D38 2002 - 2nd Floor Reference
Publication Date: 2002-06-25
Handbooks & Manuals
Blackstone's Police Community Support Officers' Handbook by
Call Number: HV8196.A4 B542 2010 - 3rd Floor
Publication Date: 2010-03-26
Blackstone's Police Manual.
All volumes can be found on the 3rd Floor:
Volume 1: Crime; HV7936.C88 B53
Volume 2: Evidence & Procedure; HV9960.G7 B53
Volume 3: Road Policing; HV8079.5 .B583
Volume 4: General Police Duties: HV7935 .B53