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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:

The library has over 2000 subject encyclopedias, some in print and some in electronic form. Here are a few examples:

Arts & Humanities

Social Sciences

Sciences & Medicine

Electronic Collections of Encyclopedias contain both general and specialized encyclopedias. Search these collections in much the same way as the HSU Library Catalog.