OC logo

OC Libraries

Skip to main content


Research Guide

After you choose a topic, what's the next step?

Find an overview article.

That way, you can:

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

Reference works, particularly subject encyclopedias and handbooks, are full of overview articles and are perfect starting points for your research. Not only do you get authoritative content, you also get a recommended reading list which will lead you to other high-quality content. 

Electronic Encyclopedias

Search the Library Catalog using "encyclopedia" as a keyword

Encyclopedias in the Library