Answered By: Kultida Dunigan
Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016     Views: 41

The TCTC Library owns many subject-specific encyclopedias, such as the Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, The Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, and the excellent customs and culture series. These can be excellent places to start your research and get background information. Some of these encyclopedias are very specialized and may be helpful for learning about a particular country. For example, you may want to do a power or advanced search in our catalog. To find an encyclopedia about Japanese culture, you would search "Japan" by subject and "encyclopedia" by keyword.

Many of our encyclopedias are available as online reference sources at For instance, our Gale Virtual Reference Library ( and Credo Reference ( tools include a wealth of different encyclopedias. Our cultures and customs reference series, covering dozens of different countries, can be found online at our Countries/Cultures page:

To get access to these from off-campus type in your T Number.