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ESL 52: Reading III - In Cold Blood (AL): Encyclopedia Articles

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Online Encyclopedia Articles

From off campus you will be asked to log in with your MyNova username and password.

Print Encyclopedias in the Library

The encyclopedias listed below are located in the library, in the short bookshelves.

Small Town Life

  • Encyclopedia of American Social History, Volume 2 (REF HN57 .E58 1993)
    • Rural Life in the West (pp. 1235-1248)
    • Village and Town (pp. 1249-1258)

Crime: Then and Now

  • American Decades: 1950-1959 (REF E169.12 .A419)
    • Look up “Crime” in the index
  • Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 (REF HA202 .B87 1975)
    • Be sure to look at the rate, as well as overall number
    • Look up “Social Statistics” > “Crime and Correction” in the table of contents
  • Crime in the United States (REF HV6787 .A3)
    • Be sure to look at the rate, as well as overall number
    • p. 35 – Murder/Homicide in the United States from 1994-2013
    • p. 51 – Murder/Homicide in Kansas, 2013
    • p. 56 – Murder/Homicide in Virginia, 2013


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.