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Library Services and Resources for Students

A guide highlighting services, resources and collections available to our students

Background Information: Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Reference sources, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, etc. are more general in their coverage of information. These kinds of sources provide information that may cover a wide expanse of subjects, but each entry is typically fairly brief and easy to read/understand without special knowledge. Reference sources serve as a great starting point to provide an introduction to a topic and a foundation for research.

Preliminary reading

The following resources are Lane Library subscriptions and helpful in understanding how a topic can be categorized or considered in different ways.  Using these databases off campus will require your GSU username and password.