WRIT 1370 Elements of Academic Writing: Theories of Happiness (Fall 2016): Finding Background

Using the library


Subject encyclopedias, reference guides, and handbooks provide background information, key concepts and, in many cases, bibliographies that lead to additional sources.


Selected Subject Encyclopedias

Finding Reference Sources

1. From the home page, scroll under Research and browse through relevant Library Guides.

2. From the home page, go to Databases, General Interest and Reference > Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

3. Go to the library catalog.

   Select the Advanced Search.

   Add broad topic terms

   Add the terms encyclopedia dictionary [any]

Note: Some reference encyclopedias use the term "dictionary" because the entries are arranged alphabetically.

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