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Reference Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Biographies, book reviews, dictionaries, directories, dissertations, encyclopedias, news and newspapers, polls, and style manuals. See individual subject guides for more specialized, subject-specific reference sources.

Major Online Encyclopedias

Finding Print Encyclopedias in the Library

General encyclopedias like the Britannica and World Book are available in the reference sections of the College Library and the Research Library. The Research Library reference collection also has many foreign language encyclopedias. Older editions of encyclopedias are usually in storage or the general stacks and can be locted by a title search in the Library Catalog.

Subject encyclopedias can also be found through the Library Catalog. Do a Subject List search for the word "encyclopedias" and the type of encyclopedia you're looking for. Some examples: