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Reference Universe

In addition to the online reference resources included on this page, the library's collection also contains a large number of print reference books.  Use 'Reference Universe' to discover which reference sources in our collection have information on every topic:

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How to Use This Guide

On each page of this guide you'll find web-based and print resources, plus tips on how to get the most out of them.  Many resources and topics overlap, and when you see a resource on multiple pages that means it's a versatile title.

This Getting Started page offers resources for getting to know Library and Information Science topics and concepts.

Need help?  Ask a Librarian. 


Library Search

Want to discover everything that the library has on your topic? Try searching for your topic in Library Search, which is the Simmons Library's discovery service and which simultaneously searches across most of the library's resources.
Search articles, journals, books, media, and more

New! The Library & Information Management Collection on Kanopy

The Simmons Library now provides access to a number of streaming videos on the topic of Library & Information Management on the Kanopy Platform.

Click the Kanopy logo to be taken to its main page, or search Kanopy's collection of streaming videos directly from the box on this page.

Getting to Know Your Topic

Are you looking for information about the context or history of your topic?  Try the resources on this page for background and general information.

  • Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences
    In addition to librarianship and information science, this resource covers a spectrum of related disciplines, including including: Archival Science; Bibliography; Document and Genre Theory; Informatics; Information Systems; Knowledge Management; Museum Studies; Records Management; Social Studies of Information; and much more.
  • Guide to Reference
    Guide to Reference is a selective guide to the best reference sources, organized by academic discipline. An editorial team of reference librarians and subject experts have selected and annotated some 16,000 entries, both print and web-based, free and subscription.
  • Credo Reference
    Helps define your topic and then use the links on topic pages to discover more in-depth information in books and journals, find thousands of art images and connect your ideas using concept mapping.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a searchable online general reference collection. You can search across all the reference books or select a subject area. GVRL includes titles in the arts, biography, business, education, the environment, history, information and publishing, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, religion, science and the social sciences.

Databases on Your Topic

Library & Information Science

Use the dropdown arrow to choose an online resource to search for more in-depth information on your topic. This list includes resources with a wide variety of content, such as journal articles, topic overviews and definitions from encyclopedias and dictionaries and in-depth information from e-books.


Books: In-depth Information on Your Topic

Books are a great source of in-depth information on a topic.  Use a simple keyword search to locate information on a particular topic.  You can also look for specific books by title or for books by an individual author or browse the stacks by call number.

Recommended Web Resources

There are a lot of great resources on the web where you can find information about Library & Information Science as both a discipline and a practice. Hover your mouse over the links to find out what they contain. Have fun exploring!


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