Below are a few places you can find definitions and encyclopedia articles; from off campus you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).
An encyclopedia is a type of reference book. Use a reference book to:
Use broad terms, as encyclopedias usually provide general overviews of topics.
Use quotation marks ( " " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in a specific order.