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At Collins Library, your questions are always welcome! Here are some ways you can continue to develop your research skills:
Getting Started with Subject Encyclopedias
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. The background information provides a good starting point as you begin the research process. These resources can help you with:
- Understanding the scope of a topic
- Suggesting ideas for narrowing a topic
- Identifying key concepts, terms, dates and names
- Listing subject areas related to a topic
- Recommending sources for further exploration
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 three databases listed below. Use Primo to identify subject encyclopedias in either format; or ask a librarian for recommendations.
Provides full text online access to Gale electronic books, including encyclopedias and other reference resources.
Provides full text access to hundreds of Oxford reference titles, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks.
Provides full-text access to dozens of Sage reference books, with a strong emphasis on the social sciences.