Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.
Where do reference resources (encyclopedias) fit into your research? They are great tools for research tasks like:
getting an overview of your topic
finding out what research has been done in your area over a long period of time
discovering synonyms or keywords that will apply to your topic
creating a list of authors to investigate
discovering additional resources in the bibliography
Using the Catalyst search box above, you can do a keyword search and narrow down your results to "reference entries" on the left-hand side, after you have run a search. This will allow you to discover reference articles by name and the encyclopedias where those can be found.
Availability and more information from Catalyst...
Three volume set. This set is particularly helpful for identifying related communities, languages, and historical terms for geographies that you can use for searching. You can gather critical context for determining how to use the sources you've found.
Encyclopedia of African Peoples by Diagram Group Staff