We have many academic, college-level encyclopedias in our Print Reference collection on the 2nd floor of the library. To find relevant titles on your topic in that collection, search the library catalog by keyword or subject, and limit the collection to Reference. (Or add the term "encyclopedia" as a search term.)
The library also has access to a number of online reference sources. The major collections of these online resources are represented in the tabs above.
For an alternative to Wikipedia, try Encyclopedia Britannica, a well-known, general-purpose academic encyclopedia. (Like Wikipedia, it typically should not be cited in your speech or sources, but it could give you another background resource to get started.)
Through Gale Virtual Reference Library, we have access to over 100 authoritative encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, almanacs and other reference materials on a range of topics, from religion to business to history.
Search tip: Limit your search by Audience to "Academic."