Why use Reference Books?
- Reference material is a great place to find background information
- Shows how a topic fits into a broader subject or discipline
- Provides access to the specific vocabulary which serves as keywords for searching
- Often contains bibliographies which point to key resources and experts to consult
Selected Reference Books
Encyclopaedia Judaica, 10 v.
Print -- Women & Feminism
Historical dictionary of feminism
Encyclopedia of women and religion in North America
Online Encyclopedias, etc.
Encyclopaedia Judaica (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Encyclopedia Mythica (free site covering mythology, folklore, religion)
Encyclopaedia of Islam Online
Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Encyclopedia of Religion (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Oxford Art Online (FT)