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English 1121

Research basics for students writing about literature, current social issues, or discourse communities.

Digital Reference Sources

Why use Encyclopedias?

Reference sources like encyclopedias and indexes are the best places to start research about a topic you don't know a lot about. Encyclopedias are great for:

  • Understanding the scope of a topic or issue
  • Identifying subtopics you can use to narrow down your research
  • Finding other books and articles cited in an encyclopedia entry