Why use Encyclopedias and Handbooks?
Your time is valuable.
If you're struggling for a research topic, subject-specific encyclopedias are a huge catalog of them. They condense the most important parts of a topic into an introductory entry. Names of important researchers and significant works are often listed. They also often provide an overview of research trends or historical events integral to the evolution of the topic or issue.
If you've already chosen a topic and struggling for search terms to refine it, encyclopedias will help find them.
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Feb. 18: The Library will be closed for Presidents' Day on Monday, 2/20. Normal hours of operation resume 2/21. Thank you!
Feb. 16: 2017 class calendars are now available. Pick up a copy at the Library or download it here!
Feb. 13: February is Library Lovers' Month! Tell us why you love libraries for a chance to win a bag filled with NU merchandise!
Feb. 11: To tell you more about who we are, we will periodically post a Staff Spotlight on people who work in, or with, the Library. This Staff Spotlight focuses on Sarah Mendez, who is the first member of our Student Research Fellows program. Check it out!