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Encyclopedias

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Encyclopedias help you figure out the who, what & where of a topic. Knowing the who, what & where of a topic is the first step in researching a topic and discovering the "how" and "why". Encyclopedias and dictionaries can provide background information and can be used to identify key people, events and dates which can then be used as search terms for finding additional information. Many also provide a jumpstart on your research by listing related readings.​

Major Encyclopedia Collections

Additional encyclopedias focused on specific regions and topics are listed under the various categories in History by Region and History by Topic.