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ENG 105/ENG 150

When to Use an Encyclopedia

Sometimes you need more information about a topic before you can effectively start searching for information. Searching encyclopedias can help you find that information.

However, at this stage in your academic career, your professor is likely to frown upon any use of  Wikipedia in your scholarly work.  Instead, use an encyclopedia, such as Britannica Academic Edition, which is considered scholarly since the information has gone through a rigorous review process.

Britannica Academic Edition is included on the Database A-Z list.

Other Reference Book for Background Information

Gale EBooks are a set of reference books that can serve as additional sources for background information. Specifically this collection contains subject encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, almanacs, and manuals in many subject areas.