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Topic - Health Law: Find Reference Info.

A guide to information resources for students learning about health law

Basic, Authoritative Facts

Reference works offer basic, authoritative information. This is information that has been analyzed and better understood over a fairly long period of  time. Examples include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, indexes, and directories. While much of this information can now be found online, print reference books can still be very useful when looking for basic facts - depending on your topic, you may find that not everything has migrated online - yet.

Find Print Reference Books

Print Reference books are found in the Reference Room (also known as the Quiet Study Area) on the Whittemore Library's first floor. 

After you enter the building, turn left, and walk all the way down and you'll see the Reference Room next to the Reference Desk and the two print stations.


Sample Print Reference Books:

Find E-Reference Books

The Whittemore Library also has online Reference databases, especially Credo Reference.

  • Try searching for your health law topic in the main searchbox there; you will retrieve results that mention your keywords from multiple reference books.
  • You can also browse the collection by title; choose the Browse option next to the searchbox at the top of the page, then choose Titles to see a list of books by title.
  • To the left, you will also see a list of Subjects, if you wish to browse the legal or health and medicine titles by name.


Sample E-Books from Credo Reference:

Find Reference Information Online

You can also find factual information online, as long as you take special care to assess the authority of the website you are examining.

Most scholars tend to find that government (.gov) and academic sites (.edu) offer  the most reliable information.

Some organizational websites (.org) can also offer basic, accurate facts, but much more care must be taken with these - any group, including extremely biased organizations, can purchase and run .org websites.

Commercial (.com) websites can offer useful information (such as company reports), but will also display their own forms of bias.


Sample Websites with Reference Information: