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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ESL Undergraduate Student Guide

A guide to support international students in ESL 112 and 115 and beyond.

Find Background Information

Encyclopedias are some of the best places to find background information. Like Wikipedia, the Library's encyclopedia collection covers a broad range of topics. They have some clear advantages over Wikipedia: 

  • Online encyclopedias have also been published in print versions.
  • All of the articles are written by experts in the subject area.
  • The entries in the encyclopedias cannot be changed.
  • The bibliographies or additional sources that accompany the articles will provide you with other credible sources you can use.