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Encyclopedias. What is an encyclopedia?. True book that gives facts about people (famous ones!), places, and things. How is an encyclopedia organized?. Alphabetical order

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what is an encyclopedia
What is an encyclopedia?
  • True book that gives facts about people (famous ones!), places, and things

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how is an encyclopedia organized
How is an encyclopedia organized?
  • Alphabetical order
  • Each volume (or book) in the encyclopedia set contains a different letter—the letters are shown on the spine of the encyclopedia

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To look up places or things, go to the volume that contains their first letter

    • Example: to look up koala bears you would go the K volume
  • To look up people, go to the volume that contains the first letter of their last name
    • Example: to look up Abraham Lincoln, you would go to the L volume
  • Don’t forget to use the guide words!

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what are guide words
What are guide words?
  • Found at the top of each page
  • Tell you the first and last words listed on that page
    • Example: If the guide words are rabbit and rhino, would Russia be on that encyclopedia page?
    • No because R-U comes after both R-A

and R-H

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using encyclopedias
Using encyclopedias
  • Do not copy word for word--instead, write things down how you would remember it
  • Don’t try to write down everything—just the main facts that you need
  • Reference books that cannot be checked out of the library

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