Although you don't usually cite reference materials such as dictionaries and encyclopedias they can
Dictionary - This resource defines selected words and terms, confirms spelling, definition and pronunciation, explains how words are used, and helps to locate synonyms and antonyms.
Subject Dictionary - These sources focus on the vocabulary of a subject or discipline. (The Penguin dictionary of science)
Directory - This source gives contact information such as names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
Encyclopedia (General) - These sets provide summaries of information and ideas in a comprehensive manner. They are useful for providing facts and obtaining a broad survey of a topic. (The encyclopedia Americana)
Subject Encyclopedia - These sources contain articles on topics within a specific subject. (The encyclopedia of twentieth-century fiction)
QUICK TIP!...Subject encyclopedias and other reference books are good for background reading on a topic to find out what the general consensus is and what research questions might be viable.
During the summer of 2020, USC Upstate Library installed a new search tool. SearchUp provides one-stop searching for books and e-books, journal articles, DVDs, and more. The search box in this widget allows you to directly search for materials found in what was previously called the Library Catalog.
The video below provides a brief introduction on how to use the new SearchUP to find books and e-books in the USC Upstate library collection.