Encyclopedias are a good place to start preliminary exploration of a topic.
- 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".
- Plus you can use the who, whats and wheres to to find relevant secondary sources (using the sources listed under the tab "Historian's Interpretations") as well as primary sources.
- And encyclopedias give you a jump start on your research by listing important books in the bibliography at the end of the entry.
Also check two online encyclopedia collections: Gale eBooks & Oxford Reference Online.