Skip to main content

Encyclopedias Online: Use Subject Encyclopedias to Understand Your Topic: Where to

Use our extensive collection of online encyclopedias to understand the context and background for any research topic from scholars and experts. Encyclopedias are listed by the breadth and depth of subject coverage.

Locating Subject Encyclopedias on Your Topic

Browse the Dictionaries and Encyclopedias section of Databases.

Search Reference Universe to get a list of relevant encyclopedia titles.

Use the Advanced search in our Catalog. Enter (encyclopedia dictionary) all in Title AND your topic in All Fields.

Ask a reference librarian to suggest appropriate titles.

Consult the Reference section of one of our Subject Guides (selected online and print reference sources for specific subjects and disciplines).

Use Permissions

If you wish to use or adapt any or all of the content of this Guide go to to review our use permissions and our Creative Commons license.