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ENF 1: Preparing for College English I - The Kite Runner (AL): Encyclopedias

Online Encyclopedias

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:  "social promotion"

YES:  drug offenders AND "united states"

NO:   we should or should not have a national health system

Why to Use Reference Books

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