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STEM - General Research Guide: Find Encyclopedias & Handbooks

Encyclopedias and Other Reference Works

The articles in these encyclopedias, written by experts in the their respective disciplines, provide good overviews of science and engineering topics, with bibliographies to key research articles. These are a source for background information rather than the most recent research. For that, you would consult the databases to find articles.

Multidisciplinary Science and Engineering Encyclopedias and Handbooks


Discipline-Specific Science and Engineering Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Here are some of our more specialized reference works, with more listed on the subject guides. Mouse over the titles for more information. 

Engineering, Nanotechnology

Chemistry, Materials Science, and Earth Science

Life, Health, and Marine Sciences