The Research Process: Step 2

How to

Reference Books

Reference books are an excellent place to start your research, especially if you know very little about your topic. There are encyclopedias, dicitionaries, and handbooks which offer background information on a wide variety of topics or specialized works on specific topics.

Some examples of reference books are:

Online Catalog - Scotty

Scotty is the UCR Libraries' online catalog. It shows what books, periodicals and media are in the Libraries as well as where they are located.

Scotty can be searched by keyword, title, author, subject or call number. The most common way to search for a book in Scotty is by keyword.

It will return a list of books with locations, call numbers, and the status of the book.


Scotty screen shot

Result Screen:

Scoty result screen

Common statuses include:




Located in the reference (or other non-circulating) collection, cannot be checked out

 Not Checkd Out

The book should be available on the shelf to check out. Check the floor map for location.

 Due 11 - 20 - 08

The book is currently checked out until that date. Ask Circulation about a 'recall.'  

* If a book has a location or status that is unfamiliar, please ask at the Reference Desk!

Step 1: Beginning  |  Step 2: Books  |  Step 3: Articles  |  Step 4: Pulling it together


Last modified: 1/7/2009 12:36 PM by M. Yonezawa