General reference

Why use it?

General reference resources include items such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, and are used as a starting point when researching. The information that you will find in these resources include:
  • general information about a topic
  • keywords that you may use in later specific research
Below are some general reference resources that can be found in the library or online for the topic: Ancient Greece- people, place and government.
In the library
Resource: encyclopedia
Title: World Book Encyclopedia, 2004
Location/call number: Reference 030 WOR

The World Book Encyclopedia has information about many topics, which are arranged alphabetically in a series of books.
How to use it?
  • You will need to use the call number (above), go to the reference section in the library and find the World Book set of encyclopedias.
  • You will then need to find the 'Index' volume. This has a list of all the topics and where to find them. You will need to search for a topic or keyword. You might like to start with the topic 'Ancient Greece' to begin.
  • When the topic is found, take note of the volume and the page.
  • You will then find the volume and page that you were directed to.
  • Once the topic is found you can begin making notes.

Resource: Online encyclopedia
Web address:

The online encyclopedia has information about many topics, which can be found using a keyword search.

How to use it?
  • If you haven't already, click on the link above which will take you to home page.
  • From here, you will need to type in a keyword in the search bar on the webpage. You might try the keyword 'acropolis' to begin this time.
  • A list of topics will be shown in order of relevance. Select one by clicking it.
  • Information about the topic will be given under a tab. There might be a variety of encyclopedia and dictionary tabs which you can select. All will give you information on the topic you selected.
  • Once you find your topic you can start making notes.

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