When you are exploring a topic with which you are unfamiliar or have only limited information, it's valuable to find at least one source (e.g. subject encyclopedias, companions, etc.) that provides some background information. These types of sources are neutral in tone and provide a scholarly yet accessible introduction to a topic in the broadest sense; identify key ideas and themes; may point to important people associated with a topic; introduce unfamiliar terms that can be added to a list of keywords; provide a bibliography/list of works cited/sources for further study.
NOTE: A selection of Bibles may be found in the BS call number range in the Reference Collection (Row 2), for use in the library
The print reference books are in the Reference Collection [main/1st floor].
Reference stacks are numbered, e.g. Row #.
Call Number Range: BL-BX (ROW 2)
Reference books are non-circulating (they may not be charged out of the library).