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Carlson Library Reference Collection

The Carlson Reference Collection consists of books that are used primarily to look up specific information such as dictionaries, indexes, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.  Materials in the Reference Collection cannot be checked out; they must be used in the library or photocopied.


The Reference Collection is located on the third floor of Carlson Library, in the area near the end of the Government Documents Collection on the west side of the floor.  Periodical Indexes are located on the second floor of Carlson Library, along the interior walls.


The Reference Collection books on the first floor of Carlson Library are arranged by Library of Congress (LC) Call Numbers, which puts books on similar topics near one another on the shelves.  

The Periodical Indexes on the second floor of Carlson Library arranged alphabetically by title along the interior walls immediately outside of the library lobby. 


General information on using the UT Library Catalog to identify books can be found on the How do I Find Books page.  Reference books are often identified by the type of information or the format in the subject heading, so try combining your topic keyword with terms such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, tables, handbooks, statistics, etc.  Material in the Carlson Reference Collection can be found by a keyword search limited to the Location: Carlson Reference.

New items in this collection are listed on the Library News page.
Last Updated: 7/1/19