General Information Sources
General information sources are an easy way to get started on a topic, gather statistics and find a definition. You know these sources as:
Credo is an example of a discovery tool for general information sources. With one search, you will get results across all types of sources.
There are two types of encyclopedias -- general and subject specific. General encyclopedias provide overviews on a wide variety of topics. Subject encyclopedias contain entries focusing on one field of study.
Use general information sources when
- Looking for background information on a topic
- Trying to find key ideas, important dates or concepts