The Search Start tool on the library's website works by running your search in the library catalog, MeLCat (a shared catalog of libraries across Michigan), and some of our research databases (grouped by the vendors EBSCO and ProQuest, as well as JSTOR).
It can be a good place to explore your topic, and determine what type of research on the topic is available in the library's collection (books and articles).
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.
Through Gale E-Books, we have access to 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."
In some subject areas, there are scholarly, well-known reference sources you could use for research. Two examples include Oxford Art Online and Oxford Music Online (both include the Grove encyclopedias, multi-volume print sets long considered the authoritative scholarly reference source for those subjects.)
Also remember to check out the recommended print and online reference sources in the subject guide(s) related to your topic.