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CST 110 - Introduction to Communication (Alexandria)

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Encyclopedias & Reference

These encyclopedia databases are included in the Library Catalog "Everything" search (encyclopedia articles are called Reference Articles in the library catalog), but by using the individual databases you will get more powerful search options.

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.