reference encyclopedia locations

Encyclopedias are 'reference' books. Many of them are located near our service desks so staff can assist you in beginning your research. Reference books do not 'circulate,' i.e. they cannot be checked out of the library. Scanners are available for copying and e-mailing the text of print encyclopedias.

The Olin reference collection is located in the middle of the main floor, surrounding the Reference Desk area.


Online encyclopedias or encyclopedia collections can be searched by keywords to find authoritative background information on a place or  concept, such as 'detroit' or 'inequality.'

Be sure to look at the end of the articles for a 'bibliography' or 'further reading' suggestions.

Online Encyclopedia Collections

Selected Subject Encyclopedia