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General Reference Sources (Yale-NUS College): Encyclopedias

Search for Encyclopedias

The Libraries have numerous subject specific encyclopedias (in print) at the NUS Central Library.  Literature, religion, science, history and more are all covered by the Libraries' significant reference collections.  


To search the library catalog for encyclopedias specifically, add  "encyclopedia" to your topic, e.g., religion and encyclopedia.  You can also explore the Libraries' subject guides to learn about discipline-specific resources on many topics.


Type the keyword(s) in the box below then click the Search button.


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Wikipedia is often a good starting point when trying to learn about new topics.  It is an open source encyclopedia that can be edited and authored by anyone. Because the content on Wikipedia is not vetted through traditional publishing methods, the information and citations must be treated carefully. Remember, you should never cite Wikipedia articles as a source for your academic research papers.

Wikipedia is, however, great for learning quickly about a topic and gathering information to help with keyword generation. You can then take what you've learned from Wikipedia and search more authoritative resources when you need to cite information and ideas.  The reference section of a Wikipedia article is also a good starting point for finding more authoritative information.  To learn more, visit Cornell's guide for using Wikipedia effectively:

Using Wikipedia - Cornell University Digital Resource Center