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WRI 167/168: Picture This: Starting your Research

Guide to the library for use in this writing seminar.

Encyclopedias & Bibliographies

Search the Databases page for "encyclopedia" to see what online encyclopedias we have access to. Alternatively, do a Subject (browse) in the library catalog to find encyclopedias related to a specific topic: e.g. psychology encyclopedias; civil rights encyclopedias; technology encyclopedias.

Reference Books

Encyclopedias, handbooks and companions are great ways to get background information to situate oneself within a broad topic, understand the terms used to describe some topics, and identify sources related to a particular topic. In addition to the online resources listed below, one can also do a Subject (browse) search in the library catalog: e.g. RENAISSANCE ENCYCLOPEDIAS, identifying any topic you can think of. ONLINE options can be filtered out, keeping in mind that titles available in the HathiTrust ETAS won't be designated as ONLINE.

Books, Articles, Other Content

For Books, to see if we subscribe to a particular Magazine, Journal or Newspaper title in print or online, for Video content, and for Online content we have access to in general, use the LIBRARY CATALOG

In order to locate magazine, journal, newspaper and other content/citations related to a specific topic, you may use Articles+ as a start to locate full-text journal and newspaper articles, and other online content (see search box on this page). However, in many or most cases (or instead), you will want to use a subject database, of which we subscribe to hundreds. One can browse by subject or keyword in the Databases listing.