English 102 (Cain): Don't forget about BOOKS!

Library Introduction

Reference Books

Subject encyclopedias are a great resource for finding background information. You could think of them as books filled with detailed articles written by scholars in various disciplines that are like well-written research papers.

They are not your average general encyclopedia, like World Book, that has brief articles on a wide variety of subjects.

Subject Encyclopedias

Subject encyclopedias are: 

  • Highly reliable
  • Cover topics in detail
  • Include articles signed by the scholar authors
  • Have helpful bibliographies
  • Are brief enough so as not to be overwhelming



  • The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life
  • The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture
  • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture

Books to Discover Topics