Finding Information: Books and Encyclopaedias
When you have to write a paper on a topic that you are not familiar with, books and encyclopaedias are excellent starting points. Many are written for an undergraduate audience and give a general overview of a topic, which enables you to focus on a specific aspect that interests you.
In contrast, journal articles and Web sites tend to cover very specific subjects. Use books as a springboard to a more focused journal and Web site search.
Encyclopaedia articles are short, factual entries that are often written by experts in a field. There are two types of encyclopaedias:
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