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Subject encyclopedias contain concise essays on specific topics that may be hard to find elsewhere or that screen massive quantities of publications (i.e., Shakespeare) and summarize the current thinking, and present the most useful titles. Historical and topical survey articles set a clear and understandable context for further research work. Useful for undergraduates or for specialists looking for authoritative information outside their own discipline.
Reference encyclopedias are an excellent source of research paper topics on a given subject.
Scholarly encyclopedia article authors select and cite books and articles useful for further reading and research on a topic.
Article titles, article essays, and index entries are a good source of synonyms for subject searching and of alternative forms of proper names (wars, persons, geography) that may produce more relevant search results than your initial search word choices.
Use this guide. Choose a broad subject area to begin.
Search Articles & Full Text and the first result is usually an encyclopedia and is highlighted as the source to "Start your Research."
Using the Advanced Search in our Catalog, enter (encyclopedia dictionary) in any in Title AND your topic in All Fields.
Ask a reference librarian to suggest appropriate titles.
Browse the bookshelves in the Olin Reference Collection.
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