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How to Choose Resources: Encyclopedia

Encyclopedias

 

Encyclopedias are the first reference resource you should use when looking for basic information on a research topic.  They will help you better understand your topic and more effectively search for additional information.

An encyclopedia is a set of books that contain information about many different subjects.

Because the amount of information cannot all be put into one book, it is divided into many smaller books. Each book is called a volume. The volumes in each set are arranged in alphabetical order to make it easy to find the information. They are also numbered to make it easy to keep them in order on the shelf.

 

Encyclopedias can come in book or online. Ask your librarian if your school subscribes to an online encyclopedia.

Activity:                  

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Find the encyclopedias in your library or use your online encyclopedia. Find the entry on dogs. Write down the names of two different dog breeds and tell one thing about each breed.

1. __________________________________________________________________

 

 

2. __________________________________________________________________

 

Source of information:

Title of the article: _____________________________________________________________________

 

Print Encyclopedia:

Name of the print encyclopedia: ______________________________________________________________

Volume: _____________________

Pages: ______________________

 

OR for the online encyclopedia

 

Name of the online encyclopedia: ______________________________________________________________

 

Internet address or URL used:  _http://_______________________________________________________________

 

Date you used it:  ___________________________________________________

 

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