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Reference Collections

General Reference Collection | Arthur P. Oliver Law Library Collection
Idaho Documents Reference | U.S. Documents Reference | Idaho Falls Reference Collection
Idaho Health Sciences Library Reference Collection | Special Collections Reference Collection

The reference collection on the 1st floor of the Library is comprised of four distinct collections: Idaho Documents Reference, U.S. Documents Reference, Arthur P. Oliver Law Library, and the general Reference Collection, with its supplementary collections. Reference services are provided for these collections at the 1st floor Reference Desk. The Idaho Health Sciences Library reference collection (3rd floor), the Special Collections reference collection (basement), and Idaho Falls reference collection (Idaho State University-Idaho Falls) each have their own service desk. Together these seven collections cover all fields of study.

Reference materials come in a variety of types such as statistics and data sets, encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, guides to literature, bibliographies, atlases, almanacs, biographical dictionaries, and newspaper/periodical indexes. Reference materials are in high-demand, and, therefore, cannot be checked out from the Library. Most reference materials have records in the Library Catalog. You can restrict search results to reference collection items by using the "Limit" functions when searching the Library Catalog.

General Reference Collection - Library Catalog location code = Reference Collection (1st Floor)
This is the largest reference collection and it contains materials on all fields of study with the exception of law and medicine. Collections that supplement this collection are described below.

Atlas stands - Library Catalog location code = Atlas stand (1st Floor)
A collection of oversized atlases is housed on special stands that facilitate their use. Additional atlases are shelved in the main reference collection.

College catalogs - (Library Catalog does not contain records for items in this collection)
A collection of college and university catalogs on microfiche covering the period between 1977 and 1999 is located at the Reference Desk. It includes all accredited U.S. and selected international institutions. The library provides electronic access to more recent catalogs in the College Source Online database.

Company Reports - (Library Catalog does not contain records for items in this collection)
A collection of company reports on microfiche and in printed format is available in filing cabinets in the reference area. The company reports collection in printed format focuses on Idaho companies. Buckmaster's Fortune 500 and company annual report microfiche cover 1987-1998 and 1973-1984 respectively. Electronic access to company information is provided in several online databases.

Public Review Documents - Library Catalog location code = Public Review Documents (1st Floor - Reference Collection)
This is a collection of publications released by government agencies for public review and comment. It includes environmental impact reports, planning documents, etc.

Reference Desk - Library Catalog location code = Reference Desk (1st Floor)
A collection of heavily used reference books resides at the 1st floor Reference Desk. These books include the MLA Handbook, the Encyclopedia of Associations, the Statistical Abstract of the United States, the Information Please Almanac, books that deal with Internet resources, and database user guides.

Telephone Directories
A collection of paper phone books, which covers approximately 125 cities, mostly in the western states is shelved on an index table in the reference area. Internet phone directory sites provide online access to U.S. and international telephone directory information.

Arthur P. Oliver Law Library Collection - Library Catalog location code = Law Library (First Floor)
The law collection is comprised of the Bannock County law library and law books from Oboler Library's General, Idaho Documents, and U.S. Documents reference collections.

Idaho Documents Reference - Library Catalog location code = Idaho Documents Reference (1st Floor)
This collection contains Idaho government reference publications.

U.S. Documents Reference - Library Catalog location code = US Documents Reference Collection (1st Floor)
This collection contains books of a reference nature published by the federal government. It includes indexes and finding aids for locating government publications.

Idaho Falls Reference Collection - Library Catalog location code = Idaho Falls Reference
This is a small collection of core materials selected to support the research needs of University Library Center students and faculty.

Idaho Health Sciences Library Reference Collection -Library Catalog location code = Health Sciences Reference (3rd Floor)
This collection includes specialized reference books and a selection of textbooks, in medical and health related fields. Idaho Health Sciences Library web page.

Special Collections Reference Collection - Library Catalog location code = Special Collections: Reference (Basement)
This is a small specialized collection that covers Intermountain West history, archives, and manuscripts.

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