Answered By: Jessica McClean
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2016     Views: 16

The best place to search for quotations is in the reference collection. Reference works—such as encyclopedias or dictionaries—typically contain brief snippets of factual information.

The print reference collection is located on the 3rd floor—take a left when you get off the elevators or stairs and walk to the end of the building. To find books of quotations in the library catalog, try a Subject search for "Quotations."

The library also has access to reference materials through Research Databases. From the drop-down menu on the Research Databases page, choose Quotations. The databases in this list contain electronic versions of reference books. Each database has a description that states what types of reference works are included, so look for anything that says it includes quotations. Two databases to try are Credo Reference or Oxford Reference Online.

If you're using a quotation in a paper or assignment, make sure you cite your sources correctly—be sure to check how to format a citation for a reference work in your style guide.

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