Academic Research
Most students use both the internet and library resources when conducting academic research. According to Alison Head of the First Monday website, a common first step in the research process is accessing encyclopedias and scholarly journals at local libraries and online. Reputable encyclopedias give you the opportunity to add legitimate sources to research papers, presentations and theses. It is important that encyclopedia sources are credible, so it is essential to use online sources that are trustworthy and respected.

Personal Research
People use encyclopedias to broaden their knowledge on subjects of interest. There are many subject-specific encyclopedias available on a variety of topics including medicine, law, pop culture, history and wildlife. These encyclopedias give more in-depth information than those with general information on thousands of topics. General encyclopedias also meet the needs of people seeking basic research on many topics before seeking detailed information elsewhere.

Professional Research
General encyclopedias offer a general overview of a wide range of topics while subject-specific encyclopedias offer in-depth information on specific topics. Any profession that requires its specialists to perform ongoing research has a subject encyclopedia. There is, for example, an encyclopedia of psychiatry, one of law and economics and several on different aspects of medicine. They are available on a variety of topics and can contain one volume or 20 volumes. Professionals use them to check fa