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Background Reference Resources


Why consult an encyclopedia?

Encyclopedias are invaluable sources when seeking authoritative summaries of a topic.

When beginning research, encyclopedias well help you establish: an understanding of the topic; key people and events; terminology; cross-reference other information, and more!

Encyclopedias may be published with broad universal coverage, or in depth subject coverage. 

Check your subject guide for subject specific encyclopedia recommendations, or search your subject area and encyclopedia in the library catalogue.