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

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.

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

Browse the bookshelves in the Olin Reference Collection.

Ask a reference librarian to suggest appropriate titles.

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