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How To: Find Sources

Use the tabs below to find information and links on finding different types of sources.

Reference Databases

Encyclopedias

There are a number of open-access (free) encyclopedias available online that focus on particular states, regions, countries, or subjects. If you need assistance finding a subject specific encyclopedia or other resources, please contact us at refdesk@wnc.edu.

  • Encyclopedia.com
    Compilation of encyclopedic entries from a number of publishers including Oxford University Press, Cengage, and Columbia University Press.
  • List of Online Encyclopedias
    Wikipedia compiled list of available online encyclopedias, including those that are free to use.

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