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WRIT 120: Critical Interpretation

Using SuperSearch to Find Background & Context

SuperSearch can be a good way to find reference material such as encyclopedia articles from a range of specialized sources to get background on a topic or an overview of a concept.

Enter your search terms, and limit your results to Content Type: Reference.

Using Literature Online (LION) to Find Background & Context


Using Literature Resource Center to Find Biographical Sources


Selected Encyclopedias & Handbooks (E-Books)

Why Use Reference Works?

Reference works such as specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks can provide 

  • quick overview of a topic, often written by scholars in the field
  • definitions of key terms 
  • suggestions for further sources
  • vocabulary (keywords) for database searching