provide overviews on a wide variety of topics. Usually, general encyclopedias are used only at the beginning of the research process and are not cited as sources.
Subject encyclopedias contain entries focusing on one field of study and may contain more in-depth articles on a research topic.
- when looking
for background information on a topic
- when trying
to find key ideas, important dates or concepts
- New Encyclopaedia
Britannica (general encyclopedia)
of 20th Century Photography (subject encyclopedia)
- The Gale Encyclopedia
of Alternative Medicine (subject encyclopedia)
of American Industries (subject encyclopedia)