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GEO 210: People & the Land - Intro to Cultural Geography (AL): Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias & Reference

These online encyclopedias and reference sources can be used from off campus- you will be prompted to log in with your myNova username and password.

Encyclopedia Search Tips

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

YES:  nursing

YES:  registered nurse

NO:  how are hospitals dealing with the shortage of nurses

Reference Books

An encyclopedia is a type of reference book. 

Why use a 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,
  • Learn references to additional resources, and
  • Discover important background information related to your topic.