Answered By: Kate Holvoet
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2016     Views: 19

What is an Encyclopedia?

  • An encyclopedia is a reference work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or that treats a particular branch of knowledge in a comprehensive manner. - from Encyclopaedia Brittanica
  • An example of an encyclopedia that contains information on all branches of knowledge is The World Book Encyclopedia.  An example of an encyclopedia that treats a particular branch of knowledge in a comprehensive manner is the Encyclopedia of video games the culture, technology, and art of gaming.

            

How do I do research in it?

  • Encyclopedias are a great place to start your research because encyclopedia articles are usually short, and give a broad overview of a topic. 
  • An encyclopedia is a great source for checking on basic facts, such as the dates for World War I, or the name of a river  in China.
  • Encyclopedias that focus on a particular topic such as women and Islam, or the Information Technology profession will have a wide array of articles on that topic, leading to greater depth in that particular area of knowledge than an encyclopedia that is intended to cover all areas of knowledge.
  • Encyclopedias are a great addition to your research, but they should not be the only source you use on a research project.

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