Reference books (like encyclopedias and dictionaries) are a great first source to use when you're starting to research a new topic.
Written by experts, entries in scholarly encyclopedias give you crucial background information on your topic including:
You'll also identify other keywords you can us in further searches.
The SCC Library has 100s of reference books, in both print and ebook form. Remember to ask a librarian if you need help. They can help you find the perfect encyclopedia for your research.
The SCC Library's reference books are located on the 1st floor. Ask a librarian if you need help finding a reference books on a specific topic. Here are just a few examples of books in the reference collection:
Search this library database for an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, or other reference book on your topic. Example searches you can try:
encyclopedia AND crime
Here are just a few example ebooks titles: