Why should you use academic encyclopedias for your research? Well, they...

  • provide broad information on a topic, including the most important facts, terms, and people for you to know.
  • are written & edited by experts. (This helps make them credible.)
  • include references and bibliographies. (This also helps make them credible.)
  • may be about a whole academic field (e.g., education) or a just specific subset of a field (e.g., diversity in education).

You can find academic encyclopedias on the Library's website by clicking on the blue icon on the home page that says "Encyclopedias & More."

Library Icon Encyclopedias

You'll see several links at the top of the page with names like "Credo Reference," "Gale Virtual Reference Library," etc. These are search engines that let you search multiple academic encyclopedias at once. There are different links for different publishers or distributors. The content is different at each link, so you may need to search in more than one place to find the information you need.

Encyclopedia Collections

After you do a search, it's important to understand what your search results are telling you. Although each search system will look a little different, the basic information you'll see is the same. It's helpful to know that this is most of the information you'll need for your citations!

encyclopedia search results