When you begin a research project, it is a good idea to take a moment to reflect on your prior knowledge of the topic area. How much do you already know about this topic? You can learn more about your topic and discover new ways to approach it by checking out brief entries in reference materials such as encyclopedias and dictionaries. These resources will allow you to:
~ Get an authoritative overview of your topic
~ Discover key issues, people, dates, and events associated with the topic (these can be helpful keywords!)
~ Find additional resources to check out (references and bibliographies)
The Library has access to encyclopedias and dictionaries in print (in the Reference Collection on the 1st floor), and online through databases, such as those listed below:
The following reference encyclopedias are available in the Reference Collection on the 1st floor. The books do not circulate but can be used anywhere in the library. You can request photocopies at the Reference Desk, or you can make scans of pages that you would like for the future.