Contained within this document are selected resources at the Monmouth University Library, useful for locating information about isues pertaining to print and other literacies. For additional resources, search the Library catalog, the recommended databases or call the reference desk at 732.571.3438.
Consulting a subject encyclopedia can be an excellent way to begin a research project. Subject encyclopedias are much more specific than generic, all-purpose encyclopedias such as Encyclopedia Britannica. Subject encyclopedias focus on a limited topic and provide much more in-depth information than a general encyclopedia. However, a subject encyclopedia is a "starter resource, " in other words, a resource that is used to gain an overall sense of a topic. From here, the researcher should move on to examine books and articles devoted to the topic.
How to find one? Browse Credo Reference, which is a large collection of online reference books on diverse subjects. You can find print subject encyclopedias by doing a keyword search and adding the word "encyclopedia" into the search box.
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