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Each section of this guide contains collections, search tools, suggested resources and assistance to help you with your research and studies in this field. This page will get you started with the research process.
Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias
To start the search process, it can be useful to begin with an encyclopaedia, dictionary or handbook to get an overview of your topic, or an explanation of terminology or concepts with which you're unfamiliar.
ODLIS is a hypertext reference resource for library and information science professionals, university students and faculty, and users of all types of libraries. The dictionary initially reflected North American practice, but users from many countries have contributed additional terms and depth for existing definitions. Expansion of the dictionary is an ongoing process, and the primary criterion for inclusion of terms is whether a librarian or other information professional might reasonably be expected to know the meaning of the term in the context of their work.
Oxford Reference Onlineis a huge repository of subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and other reference-type material. Use the search widget below to find definitions and encyclopaedia-type entries on any topic: