Encyclopedias are a great resource for facts and background information. General encyclopedias can cover a range of topics, including important topics, places, things or people.
Encyclopedia articles are usually very brief and cover only the most essential facts about a person. While they emphasize historical figures, some encyclopedias, especially those on the web, will also include contemporary figures if they are quite famous.
There are online encyclopedias available to ACC students and staff in our Electronic Resources collection: