Encyclopedias in the HSU Library
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General Encyclopedias cover a broad range of general information. You probably won’t cite them in your research, but they can be a good place to browse for a topic and become generally familiar with it. Article bibliographies recommend sources for further information.
Subject Encyclopedias are written by scholars and other experts; you may cite them in your research. Use subject encyclopedias for an overview of a topic and to help you decide if you want to do more research on it. If you already have a topic, use these sources to create a framework or context for your research. They introduce specialized concepts and terminology and give you names of important people, places, and events, key dates, and other needed information. As with general encyclopedias, the article bibliographies list recommended sources for more in-depth research.
To find subject encyclopedias in the HSU Library Catalog:
- Type the term(s) for the subject you are looking for and encyclopedia? in the Search for: box. You may find additional encyclopedias if you search for your subject term(s) and dictionar? Many encyclopedias are called dictionaries. It just means that their articles are in alphabetical, or "dictionary," order.
- Select Reference Collection from the Limits dropdown menu (or select Ebooks to get fulltext encyclopedias only; you can consult these without coming to the Library.)
- Click the Search button.
The library has over 2000 subject encyclopedias, some in print and some in electronic form. Here are a few examples:
Arts & Humanities
- Encyclopedia of Religion (Ref BL 31 .E46 2005)
- Grove Art Online
- Grove Music Online
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
- Encyclopedia of Sociology
- Encyclopedia of the Great Depression
- Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology
- International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family
- Lgbt, Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America
Sciences & Medicine
- Medline Plus
- Biology (in Gale Virtual Reference Library)
- Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
- Gale Encyclopedia of Science
Electronic Collections of Encyclopedias contain both general and specialized encyclopedias. Search these collections in much the same way as the HSU Library Catalog.