Reference & Foundational Materials

Not an expert on a certain subject? Don’t worry! Use our reference collection to help you get the background information you need. NVU Libraries’ print and electronic reference collection contains print books, electronic books, and multi-format databases that will help you build the knowledge on a subject that will prepare you for in-depth, college level research.  


Print Reference Collection

The Library maintains a wide range of reference books, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and directories. Reference books provide access to factual information, listings, topic overviews, biographies and other sources that are very important for becoming familiar with a new subject and for verifying key facts. Print reference books are mostly located on the main floor of both libraries and can be found via the VSC catalog.


Electronic Reference Books & Multi-Format Reference Databases


Getting Started: 

  • CQ Researcher: Contains full text reports from Congressional Quarterly, with non-partisan analysis of political and social issues of the day. (contains some reference & foundational information)
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Contains viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, video and audio files. (contains some reference information)