Although encyclopedias may have been a major source for research in high school, in college you'll use sources that contain more depth.

There are two types of encyclopedias--general and subject.
Subject encyclopedias
contain entries focusing on one field of study.

At the Good Library encyclopedias are available in print or electronic format.

Use an Encyclopedia...
  • when starting your research for
    • background information on a topic.
    • new perspectives.
  • when trying to find key ideas, important dates or concepts.
Examples of Encyclopedias:
  • Encyclopedia Brittanica (general encyclopedia)
  • Encyclopedia of American Immigration (subject encyclopedia)
  • The Encyclopedia of Computer Science (an online subject encyclopedia)