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WIDMAYER WSH ENG 102 : Critical Writing, Reading and Research

Use Search@UW to find encyclopedias

Find articles, UW books, digital collections & media

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When searching for a subject encyclopedia in the library, we can expand the words we use to find a reference source: e.g. "(encyclopedia or dictionary or bibliography or handbook or index) and food"

Using Encyclopedias Effectively

Getting the most out of an encyclopedia means understanding how to search. Here are our recommendations:

  • When searching a general encyclopedia, keep it simple - e.g. "food"
  • When searching a subject encyclopedia, you can be a bit more specific - e.g. "holiday meals"

General Encyclopedias

Subject Encyclopedias