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English 161: Taking Thought; Writing Analytically about Philosophy

Why Use Background Sources?

Use background sources to find:

  • A broad overview of a topic
  • Important dates, names and other facts.
  • Useful terminology which you can use to strengthen your research.

In general, the encyclopedias available through the library are more reliable than Wikipedia or other web sites, as they have undergone an editorial review process.

General Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias - Philosophy and More

Print Encyclopedias