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ESL 52: Reading III - October Sky (AL): Encyclopedia Articles

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History and Biographies

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Health, Science, and Technology

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Why to Use Encyclopedias

An encyclopedia is a type of reference book. Use a reference book to:

  • Define important vocabulary words related to your topic,
  • Find a basic overview and main issues related to your topic,
  • Find references to additional resources, and
  • Discover important background information related to your topic.

Search Tips

- Hover over the Information Icon next to the title of each link to learn a little bit more about the publication.

- Since encyclopedia articles focus on basic, general information about a topic, what you type in the search box should also be general:

YES:  cold war

YES:  cold war AND effects

NO:  effects of the cold war on the american lifestyle in the 1950s

Salem History Encyclopedias is a good choice for many topics, including music and fashion.