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Many of our encyclopedias are online and many are specialty reference books about specific topics. GVRL, IEP, Encyclopedia of Gender, Encyclopedia of Human Rights

Reliable, Credible, & Factual

Encyclopedias are a great place to start your research. They can help you get acquainted with a topic without wading into the opinions or perspectives often seen in journalistic resources such as newspaper or magazine articles. 

Online Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Databases for Background Research

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