Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
What are reference sources?
Reference sources provide background information on a variety of topics and are a great place to start your research. Users generally consult reference materials on a certain topic and read entries related to that topic. These sources are rarely read cover to cover.
The sources list on this page are general reference sources. You can find subject specific reference books under Selected Reference by Subject in the upper left-hand side of the page.
Perhaps the most important reference source is our professional staff, available all hours the library is open and ready to help you with your research while guiding you through our print and electronic resources.
Dictionaries & Thesauri
Oxford Reference Online
Full text of about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works from Oxford University Press.
Yearly review of major events and legislation related to the U.S. Congress starting in 1946.
Old Farmer's Almanac
Since 1792, the Old Farmer's Almanac has published useful information for people in all walks of life.
This Day in History
From The History Channel, Provides historical reference to events occurring on a specific day of the year.
World Factbook (CIA)
Provides fundamental and factual reference material on countries and issues.
From the U.S. Department of Commerce, a source for social, demographic, and economic information.
Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences
Covers topics such as statistics, probability theory, biostatistics, quality control, and economics with emphasis in applications of statistical methods in sociology, engineering, computer science, biomedicine, psychology, survey methodology, and other client disciplines.
Provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by more than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government.
Chat with a KSU Librarian
Ask a Librarian
For additional reference help, please contact a librarian through the Ask a Librarian page.