Information Sources
Encyclopedias cover many subjects. An
encyclopedia may be a book, a set of books, or
even an electronic resource. The articles are usually
arranged alphabetically.
There are two types of encyclopedias -- general
and subject.
General encyclopedias provide
overviews on a wide variety of topics. Subject
encyclopedias contain entries focusing on one field of
Use an Encyclopedia
when looking for background information on a topic
when trying to find key ideas, important dates, or concepts
Examples of Encyclopedias
Encyclopedia Americana (general encyclopedia - 30 vols)
World Book Encyclopedia (general encyclopedia - 22 vols)
Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology (subject encyclopedia - 1 vol)
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