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HIS 101/102: History of Western Civilization I (Kincheloe-Loudoun)

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How to Use Reference Books

Encyclopedias are 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.

They are good resources to use in the beginning stages of your research for learning more about your topic, but they should not be part of your cited reference list.

Online Encyclopedias

Below are a few places you can find definitions and encyclopedia articles; from off campus you will have to login 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:  roman empire

YES:  roman empire AND colosseum

NO:  what was daily life like for gladiators in the roman colosseum