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Encyclopedias

Our collection​ of academic encyclopedias range across all subject areas and provide you with an overview of a topic, a list of key references, help you determine if your research question is properly scoped and can provide you with search terms.

Starting Places

These collections allow you to search across a number of encyclopedias.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Use for: history, business, literature, arts, religion, medicine, law, science, and social sciences.
  • Sage Knowledge
    Use for: education, sociology, psychology, management, geography, media & communications, geography, and politics.
  • Credo Reference
    Use for: health, medicine, and general reference

Looking for an encyclopedia in a specific-subject area?

Try our List of Online Encyclopedias. This alphabetical list can be sorted by subject-area.

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