Answered By: Laura Butler
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2016     Views: 1577

Yes and no.  Generally, encyclopedias should not be cited in essays, nor should they be a primary source of information as they contain only summaries of the research of others. 

However, encyclopedias are often excellent places to begin your research on any particular topic since they provide a general base of knowledge. They can also help direct you toward sources that you can use in your essay.  Think of encyclopedias as signposts, meant to point you in the right direction. 

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