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 English are on the ground floor of King, in the IMC.
Here are a couple of basic titles that you might find helpful:
The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B.White. PE1408 .S772 2009
Encyclopedia of Rhetoric by Thomas Sloane. PN172 .E52 2001
Glossary of Literary Terms by M.H.Abrams. PN41.A184 2009
Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary edited by Christian Kay. Two volumes. PE1591 .H55 2009
Literary Research Guide by James L. Harner. PR83.H346 2008
The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory by David Macey. PN98.S6 M33 2001