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Library: Find Encyclopedias

Use encyclopedias to get an overview of your topic

That way, you can:

  • Refine and narrow your topic
  • Discover background information
  • Identify keywords that will help you search for other resources
  • Obtain your first scholarly, citable source for your project

Subject encyclopedias are full of overview articles and are perfect starting points for your research. You get authoritative, scholarly content, and you get a recommended reading list which will lead you to other high-quality content. 

Examples of subject encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Collections

Use the "Advanced" search in the library catalog to find more encyclopedias

Enter your keywords and add the word 'encyclopedia'.

Library catalog advanced search

Too may results? Try a narrower keyword, such as 'stress' instead of 'psychology'