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Subject encyclopedias

Subject encyclopedias often...

  • are good places to start research
  • contain topic overviews
  • help identify relevant keywords
  • provide information from scholars

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Subject encyclopedia databases

Gale Virtual Reference Library Book covers

  • Full-text access to over 100 subject encyclopedias
  • Multi-disciplinary


Oxford Research EncyclopediasBook covers

  • Full online access to Oxford's Encyclopedia of Social Work
  • Additional access to a subset of free articles from over twenty Oxford encyclopedias 

Sage KnowledgeBook covers

  • Online full text access to subject encyclopedias and handbooks
  • Over twenty sources