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Library and Information Science

A guide to resources in library and information science

Gather Background Information

EncyclopediasWhy should you start your research project by gathering background information? Because it will:

  • Get you familiar with your topic
  • Let you see the big picture
  • Provide you with a focus for a specific area within the topic
  • Identify different views on the topic

The reference resources listed on this page are great for getting an overview of your topic and will help you find keywords for your database searches. 

Encyclopedias

Dictionaries and Glossaries