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Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

START HERE: These resources provide essential background information - who, what, when, where, why, how


The Library's RhinoCAT is our automated catalog of print and non-print books, DVDs, and other library materials. It is available from any browser at .

  • RhinoCat Search Tips: 
    • Search for works by your poet by choosing Author - for example, Maya Angelou.
    • Search for works about your poet using Keyword.
    • When you identify a book in RhinoCat that sounds useful, click on Browse shelf to find additional books by or about your poet.  

Taft Online Subscription Databases


Wikipedia's general disclaimer: "Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields." 

To find reliable websites:

  • Sweetsearch, a Search Engine for Students searches only credible websites approved by research experts.  
  • Britannica Academic Online includes links to recommended websites.
  • Limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:gov OR site:edu : .gov for U.S. government agencies and .edu for educational institutions in the U.S.  

In addition to the database Britannica ImageQuest, you can use these sites to find images:

  • Wikimedia Commons (a collection of over 53 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute)
  • Google Images (click on Tools -- Choose Usage Rights -- Choose Labelled for noncommercial reuse)
  • Google Advanced Image Search (Choose Usage Rights: Labelled for noncommercial reuse)

Your Bibliography

A statement from MIT Libraries on why we cite our sources: To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information. To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas. To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors. To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list.

You can use Bibme, an electronic citation generator, to create your MLA citations. Note: Most of our Online Subscription Databases provide a citation you can copy and paste into your bibliography if your teacher says you may do this.

  • To cite encyclopedia and reference source articles: under Other choose Encyclopedia article and Manual entry mode. Choose In print or Online database.
  • To cite a book, click on Book and choose Manual entry mode.
  • To cite a website (for example, Poetry Foundation), click on Website and choose Manual entry mode to get started.
  • To cite a source found in a Taft Online Subscription Database (Biography in Context, for example): choose Other and Online database. From the drop-down list next to Source Type, select the type of source you wish to cite (for example, newspaper article).
  • For source types other than Journal, Website, Book, and Video, choose Other.