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Reference Sources (Encyclopedias & more)

This guide introduces the reference sources available at Cal State LA library.

Dictionaries & Thesauri

Encyclopedia Databases

Encyclopedias are a great starting point for research. They can provide you with:

  • an overview of a topic
  • keywords and terms that are used in that field or subject area (you can use these terms to do searches in the library catalog and databases)
  • the names of important people in that field or subject area
  • a list of references at the end of the articles
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300