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Olin Library: Astronomy: Reference Sources

Reference Books

Why choose a reference book?

Reference sources (enecyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, atlases) give concise introductions to topics.  Use them to:

  • explore topics for research;
  • get background information;
  • explain unfamiliar ideas.


Search Tips: Encyclopedias

When searching for articles in an online encyclopedia, type your topic in the search box.  Here are some examples:

  • atomic processes
  • chaos
  • comets
  • gravitation
  • magnetic fields

Reference Databases

The following library resources are available to you electronically.  You can access these from any computer with internet capability.  For these resources you will need to authenticate that you are a Drury University student.  When asked for a login, use your MyDrury login credentials.  For assistance, please contact the library.