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Library Resources for S121: Finding Encyclopedias

This guide is designed to connect S121 students with relevant library resources for their research.

Why use reference books?

We collect reference books so that you can have access to high-quality, factual information.   Reference books include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and almanacs.  Reference books are a good place to go if you need facts, background information on a topic, or statistics.

Reference books do not circulate--that means you cannot check them out--but you are welcome to use them while you're here in the library.  The reference section is located behind the reference desk, which is the desk straight ahead of you once you enter the library.

Specialized Encyclopedias

 In the reference area, you’ll see many specialized encyclopedias that cover a wide variety of subjects. Here are a few examples:

Encyclopedia of Human Rights Issues Since 1945
Call number: REF JC 571 .L2747

Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics
Call number: REF Q175.35 .B37

Encyclopedia of Global Change
Call number: REF GE149 .E47

Encyclopedia of Rural America
Call number:  REF E169 .12 .E5

The Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
Call number:  REF E184.A1 G14


There are also many specialized encyclopedias that are available as electronic books. You can find them listed in IUCAT and use them online.

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