Reference works are a good source to go to find out background information on a topic or to look up a quick fact. This page will combine both online and print reference works. Most of the print reference works will be located on the ground floor of King, in the IMC.
Print reference books related to the study of composition and rhetoric are on the first floor of King.
Here are a couple of basic titles that you might find helpful:
The Craft of Research by Wayne Booth. Q180.55.M4 B66 2008
Encyclopedia of Rhetoric by Thomas Sloane. PN172 .E52 2001
Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition: Communication from Ancient Times to the Information Age by Theresa Enos.
The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory by David Macey. PN98.S6 M33 2000