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Information Literacy Course Visit your Library: Sunday to Thursday 7.30am to 10pm Closed Friday Saturday 9am to 5pm Or call the friendly staff on: Ext 377 for Service Desk, Ext 389 for the Librarian. Module 4 Using Encyclopedias

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Information Literacy Course

Visit your Library:

  • Sunday to Thursday 7.30am to 10pm

  • Closed Friday

  • Saturday 9am to 5pm

    Or call the friendly staff on:

  • Ext 377 for Service Desk,

  • Ext 389 for the Librarian.


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Module 4 Using Encyclopedias

  • How to identify the different sections of an encyclopedia, and

  • How to use and identify information in an encyclopedia.

In this session, you find out:


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Encyclopedias

Can be used to find information about almost any topic. You will find:

  • written information

  • maps

  • charts

  • photographs

  • drawings


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Using Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedias are arranged alphabetically.

  • That means you would choose the "B" volume for information about Bahrain or Beirut.


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Encyclopedia Index

  • In general encyclopedias, the index is usually a single volume which will direct you very quickly to the exact pages you need. Using the index is often a quick way to find the information you need.


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Locating Information Quickly

  • You don't have to read the entire article.

  • Encyclopedia articles are designed to be scanned quickly for key information. That's why they include sub-headings and "fast facts" or "facts in brief."


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Fast Facts

  • This example tells us that the UAE's capital is Abu Dhabi, its estimated population is 2.5 million, and its "chief products" include petroleum.

These are lists of key information.