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Ready Reference: Books/E Books

The Ready Reference collection at Murphy Library is a small, targeted collection of some of the most important and widely-used reference tools and resources for looking up basic facts, statistics, and other information. Some items listed here are online, while others are located on the Ready Reference Shelf on the first floor.  For help finding and using these resources and many more like them, Ask a librarian!





Maps & Atlases

U.S. Government and state government

Murphy Library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents.  Materials include books,  periodicals, maps, CDs/DVDs and other formats, and also include reproductions on microfiche or microfilm.  U.S. government documents are located in open stacks in the basement, shelved in call number order using the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification Scheme.  They are listed in the Library Catalog, and they may be checked out.  Also available in Reference.


Statistics and Facts

Medicine and Science

Computers and Operating Systems

Research Assistance

Reference Desk

Librarians can help you learn to make the most of the information resources, tools, and services of Murphy Library and beyond!

Weekdays & Sunday afternoons (fall/spring):

  • Visit us at the reference desk (1st floor)
  • Call us at 608.785.8508
  • Web Chat with us

Any time (year-round):

Local history and/or archives research? Special Collections / Area Research Center specialists are available!

Where to find what

Indexes in Ready Reference

Grammar Guide