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 general keyword for your topic. Then limit your results to items located in the reference section of the library.