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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Searching in Multiple Encyclopedias or Dictionaries

How to find encyclopedias or dictionaries on specialized subjects

Tips for Searching

  • Good starting places include Gale Virtual Reference Library and Salem Press Online, which include many specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • You can search for a topic and find all the articles that pertain to it
  • Different encyclopedias will have varying treatments depending on the overall subject of the specialized encyclopedia

For example, if you look up a topic like Marriage in Gale Virtual Reference Library, you will find articles from the points of view of history, religion, law, rural life, and many more.

Databases for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries