The Olin Library reference collection is a strong resource supporting research and instruction in the humanities and social sciences at Cornell. The collection contains almanacs, catalogs, general and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, periodical indexes, subject and national bibliographies, manuals, yearbooks, and biographical and statistical sources. The collection is arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification system, and is located on Olin's main floor.
In addition to the print collection, Olin Library has an Electronic Text Center which houses over 300 CD-ROMs and DVDs such as The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Geolytics Census CDs, World Development Indicators, and more. It is housed adjacent to the Reference and Information desk in Olin Library. The Text Center's holdings are available through the library catalog. A browsable title list is also available from the Electronic Text Center's website.
Finally, hundreds of subscription online reference titles are available through Database Names from the Library's home page. As a result, classic reference works like the Dictionary of National Biography and the Oxford English Dictionary as well as the extensive International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences are available to the Cornell community, not to mention a host of online periodical indexes.
For more information, contact the librarian in charge of the collections, Michael Engle.