Many subject encyclopedias are now available online as e-books, but paper still works! Use whatever best suits your topic, regardless of medium. Note: It's impossible to list all the subject encylopedias we have, so this is just a sampling:
Background information, often found in subject encyclopedias, can provide valuable information that can save you time. Subject encyclopedias are encyclopedias dedicated to one theme or subject, and thus the information provided can be more in depth than that found in general encyclopedias, which must cover all subjects. Subject encyclopedias can provide:
You can use any library catalog (Cameo, Worldcat, Pittcat) to find subject encyclopedias. Just search encyclopedias as a subject term and combine that with a relevant keyword. No, not every topic may have a relevant subject encyclopedia, but many do and can save you time and effort. You can also search the subject enclopedia collections listed under "Subject Encylopedias." Reference librarians can also help you find relevant subject encyclopedias, too-just Ask a Librarian!