Each book includes an 'About this book' page with basic bibliographic data like title, author, publication date, length and subject. For some books you may also see additional information like key terms and phrases, references to the book from scholarly publications or other books, chapter titles and a list of related books. For every book, you'll see links directing you to bookstores where you can buy the book and libraries where you can borrow it.
Viewing materials: If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you can download a PDF copy.
Research Databases & Homework Help:
Use your YPL card to log in to the following electronic resources:
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a reference book? You can use reference books to find basic facts and general overviews of topics. They are usually located in the Reference Department of the library and can’t be checked out.
Why use reference books? To get a better sense of the topic area before beginning research; to check quick facts, such as names, dates, and locations. Unlike the Internet, books don’t suffer technical difficulties!
Types of Reference Materials:
Dictionaries: Brief definitions of words and concepts, either general or within the context of a subject area; arranged alphabetically.
Encyclopedias: Brief discussions of specific topics; generally more detailed than dictionaries. Arranged alphabetically, often with bibliographies at the end of each entry (leading to additional articles/sources).
Atlases: Collections of maps that organize all kinds of information (not just directions) geographically; organized by the principle of the atlas: geographically, chronologically, alphabetically.
Directories: Organized lists of people, businesses, organizations or associations, including addresses, telephone numbers, and other contact information. Arranged alphabetically, geographically, or by subject.
Almanacs: Often published annually, almanacs contain calendars, facts, statistics, and other miscellaneous information; organized by subject, usually with an extensive index.
Biographical Resources: Written accounts of people’s lives, often collected by subject area; usually arranged alphabetically by last name.
Relevant Biographical Resources
Handbooks: Concise guides to specific topics; arranged variously, usually with extensive indexes.
Indexes: Guides to periodical literature like magazines and newspapers; published periodically and arranged alphabetically by subject.
Note: At Yonkers Riverfront Library most Print references can be found in the Reference area on the third floor.
To access JSTOR use the username: ibstudent and password: yonkers
Access to the databases listed below is available only while at the SLC library.
Primary Source Resources at Yonkers Riverfront Library
Find out more about what primary sources are on our Evaluating Resources page.