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CST 110 - Introduction to Communication (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:  Buddhism

YES:  Buddhism AND doctrine

NO:  Buddhism AND medieval japan AND relic veneration

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.