Why use them?
A good way to start your research is to use dictionaries and encyclopaedias like the ones listed on this page. Define your
topic by using subject dictionaries. Find background information
in encyclopaedias and handbooks. Its important to get a broad understanding of your topic before you start narrowing your research. Dictionaries and encylopaedias can help you identify other keywords and alternative terms that you can use in your database searching.
Look for these in our libraries. Click on the link to find the location. Ask a librarian if you don't know how to find them