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Reference Books: Print & Online

Finding Information from a Reference

Reference materials are compilations; a "reference" connects a researcher to background information in a way that is intended to be found quickly when needed. Reference materials can be dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, handbooks and guides, catalogs, atlases and maps, directories, almanacs – even the internet.

Using OU Libraries' Catalog

Although the library guide you currently read is considered a reference material, the following lists are not comprehensive. Check the OU Libraries Discover catalog to connect to even more resources. Think about the keywords you would use to search the catalog; for general books containing definitions of terms or overviews of a subject, search for your keywords plus "encyclopedia" or "dictionary." Want reference assistance? Reach out to the STEM Services team at

Looking for a reference on citation style? Visit the Citations page of the guide.

Finding Books in the Library by Call Number

Books are located in Bizzell Memorial Library in the following call number locations.

Library of Congress Call Numbers for Psychology:

Call Number Range Topic
BF Psychology, Parapsychology, Occult Sciences
BF 1-940 Psychology
BF 173-175 Psychoanalysis
BF 176 Psychological Tests and Testing
BF 180-205 Experimental Psychology
BF 207-209 Psychotropic Drugs
BF 231-299 Sensation, Aesthiology
BF 309-499 Consciousness, Cognition, Perception, Intuition
BF 501-504.3 Motivation
BF 511-593 Emotion, Feeling, Affection
BF 608-635 Will, Choice, Volition
BF 636-637 Applied Psychology
BF 660-685 Comparative Psychology
BF 698-698.9 Personality
BF 699-711 Genetic Psychology
BF 712-724.85 Developmental Psychology
BF 721-723 Child Psychology
BF 795-839.5 Temperament, Character (Ethology)
H Social Sciences
B Philosophy
BC Logic
BJ Ethics, Social Usages, Etiquette

What's new about the catalog? See if the library has a copy of your class's textbook! 

Textbooks on Reserve and course reserve materials are now searchable by course code (ex. HIST 3403), course name (ex. Modern Israel), title (ex. Quiet Street), or author. Some materials are searchable by professor last name (ex. Seidelman). Students can search the catalog or the new Textbook Search Scope (located under the Search Scope drop-down menu).

Screenshot of OU Libraries catalog website, "Search Scope" dropdown menu showing textbooks

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks

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