Sunday, January 1, 2006

Get background information on your research topic

Need to find out what people mean by the term "global warming"? Need to find the federal definition of "poverty level"? A great place to begin research for any paper or essay is a subject encyclopedia or specialized dictionary. The library subscribes to three collections that can help you get background information on your paper topic, the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Oxford Reference Online and Encyclopedia Britannica. Each covers numerous subject disciplines and is searchable across dozens of resources at the same time.

To access the Gale and Oxford online reference collections, go to the library home page (www.esc.edu/library) and click on the links under the "Facts and Background Information" section on the left side. Click on the "More..." link to access Britannica and other reference resources. You will need your college login and password in order to access these services.

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