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ENG 111: College Composition I (Bozick-LO)

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How to Use Reference Books

An encyclopedia is a type of reference book. These are great resources for gathering background information on your topic, as well as for:

  • Defining important vocabulary words related to your topic,
  • Finding a basic overview and main issues related to your topic, and
  • Finding references to additional resources.

Getting Started - Resources for Background Information

Below are a few resources where you can find reports on topics, definitions and encyclopedia article. 

Credo Reference includes a great Mindmap tool to help you brainstorm topic ideas.


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:  "Video Games"

YES:  "Video Games" and "addiction"

NO:  How does video game addiction affect the socialization of teenagers?