Answered By: Christine Stark
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015     Views: 6

  • 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 a starting point that can point you in the right direction.