Encyclopedias and other reference resources are excellent places to start your research. An hour spent with one or more subject encyclopedias early on in the research process will save you hours of wasted time! Subject encyclopedias, handbooks and overviews are scholarly, tertiary works written by experts on a variety of topics. The articles are typically longer and more detailed than those found in general encyclopedias. You usually can expect to find the following important information in articles in subject encyclopedias:
In Collins Library, the print reference collection is located on the first floor, and most of the online reference collection is available in one of the database collections listed below. Use Primo to identify subject encyclopedias in either format; or ask a librarian for recommendations.
Online subject encyclopedia collections are an excellent way to explore how different disciplines look at topics. Each of these online collections will introduce you to a wealth of dictionaries and encyclopedias.