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Language and Literature: Encyclopedias, etc.

Resources for language and literature studies.

Reference Tools FAQ

Why Use Reference Tools?

  • Get a good overview and history of a topic, term or issue.
  • Focus your topic and place it properly within context of the field of study
  • Find alternate keywords to help locate relevant articles and books.

Can I Cite an Encyclopedia in my Paper?

Ask your instructor, but normally, encyclopedias provide insufficient information when researching a topic in the academic environment. Encyclopedias are not meant to be your only source for research. Instead, use them as a starting point to gain a basic understanding of the scope and terminology associated with your topic so that you can then begin in-depth research. Many entries do contain a "Further Reading" section, however, that you may find useful for locating more detailed information.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Subject Guide

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