Encyclopedias & Reference Works

Why use encyclopedias and reference works?

  • Provide background information
  • Develop an overview of the subject area
  • Create a general understanding of the different perspectives of an issue
  • Better define your research topic
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How to find reference works in digital format

Credo Reference Collection  Provides full text access to over 500 electronic encyclopedias and dictionaries.  Do a subject search or browse through the subject categories for a good starting point for research on various issues.

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How to find reference works in print format

Library Catalogue  Search by keyword for your topic. Then limit your results to items located in the reference section of the library.