How do I...?
- Types of Encyclopedias
- Finding Encyclopedias
- Searching Chinook
Are you beginning research on a topic new or unfamiliar to you?
If so, an excellent way to begin is to consult an encyclopedia.
The ideal starting place if you are a non-specialist on your topic. They will typically provide:
- an overview and background information on a topic
- the established knowledge on a topic
- the most important facts about a topic
- the key figures, places, or events related to your topic
- a list of recommended readings on a topic
- They have gone through an editorial process
- They are often written by specialists in the field
- They do not use jargon
- They tend to be short and concise
- They are intended as an overview and are not the best source for up-to-date developments
- They are not a complete look at the scholarship and research on a topic
- They are a good starting point and a great place to establish keywords and research leads
Reference Universe is a searchable database that indexes information from specialized subject encyclopedias. It searches both the titles of reference articles as well as the encyclopedia / dictionary indexes, providing a thorough level of access to materials and potential sources. CU
SEARCH your topic in Reference Universe, enter your topic in the search box below:
Watch a quick tutorial on how to use this resource!
Research & Subject Guides
There are numerous subject-specific research guides available that list core recommended resources. These guides often point to encyclopedias and other reference sources.
Chinook is the catalog for materials owned by the CU Libraries. There are two ways to search Chinook, the library catalog, for encyclopedias.
EXAMPLE: [your topic keyword] AND encyclop*
By Subject Heading
Choose to search by LC Subject Heading and enter:
[subject heading]- [Geographic subdivision]-Dictionaries
[subject heading]- [Geographic subdivision]-Encyclopedias
Immigrants -- Encyclopedias
Immigrants -- United States -- Encyclopedias
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