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Research Guides

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Encyclopedias & dictionaries

book covers of encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Collections

Biographical Dictionaries

Additional biographical sources can be found on the Biography guide.

Other Background Information


Finding reference sources

Reference works, such as encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries, are great starting points for research and finding background on any subject. A few tips for finding reference sources:

  • Search for your broad topic in UW Libraries Search and add the term "encyclopedias". For example: "science encyclopedias"
  • See our research guides for reference sources in your subject area. 
  • Ask us!