Encyclopedias are a great place to find background information on the subject area of study as well as explaining concepts. Use the print and online encyclopedias on this page as a starting point.
Call number TX349 .E7 1993, Gerstein Science Information Centre, Stacks
Call number GT2850 .E53 2003, J.P. Robarts Library, Stacks
Call number TX349 .E45 2004X, Gerstein Science Information Centre, Stacks
Encyclopedia articles are not research resources, though they may summarize research on a topic. Use them for background and for references to other sources, but generally don't quote them in your paper. This is as true for library resources as it is for Wikipedia. You'll need to be careful then not to unconsciouly use the ideas from encyclopedias without attribution.
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