Why use a reference source?
To ground research in a basic understanding from an authoritative source.
To learn the basics
To lead us to different sources via
keywords to use in other searches
linked entries (for e-sources)
To search multiple Encyclopedias at once use these links:
This two-volume encyclopedia is only available in print. It is available in the UHS library:
A reference source will give you a quick and simple overview of a subject. It will probably be an article in a large book or database. It is organized to include:
Reference works can be print books, ebooks or databases (a database is a collection of pre-selected resources). They will often have one of these words in the title: