Dictionaries and encyclopedias provide background information. These resources are useful when you:
- Want to quickly learn about a topic.
- Are having trouble selecting a topic for an assignment.
- Don’t know what search terms to use.
- Need to find facts and figures.
Encyclopedias & Handbooks
These research databases contain full-text reference works.
Their content includes encyclopedias and specialized dictionaries, but may also include journal articles and other sources.