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Background and Context: Online Reference Sources: Home: General Works

This Guide features useful online encyclopedias and other reference sources organized by subject.

Interdisciplinary Resources

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Search the indexes and article titles in subject encyclopedias and other reference sources in a variety of disciplines.

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Why use these resources?

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Using a reference source can save you time by equipping you with a context and a vocabulary for understanding your topic. Additionaly, many reference source feature helpful guides to further reading that can point you to some of the most important resources for your topic.

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