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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!
Reference Universe (Paratext)
A single, centralized access point to Murphy Library's collection of online and print reference works (subject encyclopedias, handbooks, compendia), allowing you to deeply search within the collection through tables of contents and actual back of the book indexes. Link directly into the work if available online. Covers 5,400 titles held by Murphy Library, and about 45,000 reference works total. Tutorial video
Maps & Atlases
Road Atlas by
Call Number: G1105 .R23 Ready Reference
current ed. in Ready Reference;
previous ed. in Oversize Collection (2nd floor)
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.
United States Government Manual
Handbook provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, quasi-official agencies, international organizations with U.S. membership, and Federal boards, commissions, and committees. Coverage: 1935-current ed.
Wisconsin Blue Book
Official information and data covering distinguishing characteristics of the state of Wisconsin and its residents. Coverage: 1995/96-
Statistics and Facts
ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States
Please note: Access to this resource ended on December 31, 2020.
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient source for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.
For more about searching, viewing tables, saving, and printing from the Statistical Abstract, go to the Statistical Abstract Library Guide
. Coverage: 2013-present.
Data Planet (Sage)
The Data-Planet repository contains datasets from public, commercial, and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and around the world. Subjects covered include business, political science, demography, agriculture, education, criminal justice, housing and construction, labor and employment, energy, and more.
A & E Biography
Daily features and 7,000+ biographies of famous people. A & E Television Networks, LLC
Phone numbers for white and yellow pages, reverse lookup of phone numbers, and area/zip code lookup.The personal identifying information available on AnyWho is provided solely by Intelius, Inc. and is derived from Public Records, Publicly Available Information and Commercial Records.
Zip Code Search
From USPS.com. Zip codes may be looked up by address, companies, or cities.
Kelley Blue Book
Vehicle values, owned by Cox Enterprises, a privately held media conglomerate based in Atlanta, Georgia, Serving customers such as auto dealers, manufacturers and financial institutions.
Computers and Operating Systems
Where to find what
Where to Find What by
Call Number: Z1035.1 .H54 2000 Ready Reference
Publication Date: 2000-02-09
Library classification systems
Indexes in Ready Reference