How to Use an Encyclopedia

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How to Use an Encyclopedia

  1. 1. Encyclopedias
  2. 2. What is an encyclopedia?• True book that gives facts about people (famous ones!), places, and things 2 Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com
  3. 3. How is an encyclopedia organized?• Alphabetical order• Each volume (or book) in the encyclopedia set contains a different letter —the letters are shown on the spine of the encyclopedia 3 Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com
  4. 4. • To look up places or things, go to the volume that contains their first letter – Example: to look up koala bears you would go the K volume• To look up people, go to the volume that contains the first letter of their last name – Example: to look up Abraham Lincoln, you would go to the L volume• Don’t forget to use the guide words! 4 Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com
  5. 5. What are guide words?• Found at the top of each page• Tell you the first and last words listed on that page – Example: If the guide words are rabbit and rhino, would Russia be on that encyclopedia page? – No because R-U comes after both R-A and R-H 5 Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com
  6. 6. Using encyclopedias• Do not copy word for word--instead, write things down how you would remember it• Don’t try to write down everything—just the main facts that you need• Reference books that cannot be checked out of the library 6 Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com

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