An excellent place to begin learning about your topic and gathering background information.
Table of contents outlines what's covered and how it's organized.
Entries are often written by subject experts.
Bibliographies lead you to more sources on the topic.
Indexes help you build a list of keywords/search terms.
Option 1: Search for online encyclopedias
Option 2: Browse the shelves with these call numbers for print encyclopedias
Mythology and Religion
History: World, Africa, Asia
Anthropology & Culture
Recordings & Sheet Music
ML198-360 and ML3544-3776
World Music History