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Science Resources

A general guide to finding resources on science topics in the Berntsen Library.

Background Reading

Background reading is an essential starting point to any research project.  The purpose of background reading is to get an overview of your topic, and to begin to become acquainted with the key terms, names and events associated with your topic.


A good place to begin your background reading is to find and read an article in a subject-specific reference book.  The Berntsen Library collects reference books in both print and online formats.


*Note: Reference books are considered tertiary sources and are not typically referred to or cited in research papers.

Print Reference books

These subject-specific reference books are available at the Berntsen Library.  They are worth a trip to the library in order to get a concise, authoritative overview of your science topic as you begin your research.

Science E-Reference (online reference books in electronic format)

Search an e-Reference book in order to find a brief, authoritative article on your topic.

You can also search for your topic in Library Search and limit to "Reference Entries" under "Resource Type" to locate online reference articles.