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College of Arts & Sciences-Dept. of English & Foreign Languages: Reference


Background Information

Background information can be found in reference sources, online or in print, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks.

  • Dictionaries contain brief definitions, usually only a sentence or two in length.
  • Encyclopedias provide a more in-depth description, usually a few paragraphs in length.
  • Handbooks contain descriptions that can be multiple pages and describe the development and future of a subject.

NOTE: below are examples of resources the Library offers. Use the catalog to conduct additional searches.