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Reference Resources

Features resources helpful for ready-reference questions: when you need quick access to facts, definitions, statistics, biographical information, maps, and so on.

General Encyclopedias

Need to find background information on a topic?  

The Nancy Thompson Learning Commons' Reference Collection includes general encyclopedias. Consult general encyclopedias to find introductory articles on a wide variety of topics.  

This guide provides some recommendations for general encyclopedias that might provide helpful information for numerous research topics.

Recommended General Encyclopedias (Print)

Gran Encyclopedia Hispanica

Volumes 1-18
Reference Collection (Second Floor)

World Book Encyclopedia

Volumes 1-22
Reference Collection (Second Floor)

Recommended Online General Encyclopedia Databases

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Recommended General Encyclopedia Web Sites