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Human Services and Counseling

Why reference materials?

Reference works (some examples are dictionaries and encyclopedias) are sources that provide general information on topics.  In addition, reference works can be works such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) that defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research.

Additional online and print reference works can be found by going to the Library Catalog and searching by title, author, or keyword.

For instance the following keyword search (encyclopedia and psychiatry) yielded the following result.

http://library.acaweb.org/search~S6/X?SEARCH=(encyclopedia%20psychiatry)&SORT=D

In addition to having physical copies of reference works such as the DSM-5, the library subscribes to several databases that provide overviews of topics or definition of terms.  Below are a few of the key reference databases that might be useful in Human Services and Counseling.

Gale Virtual Reference Library -- A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Oxford English Dictionary -- A searchable, online version of the OED, an authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of the English language.

Statista -- A statistics portal that integrates data on over 60,000 topics.