Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Dec 14, 2018     Views: 42076

An encyclopedia is reference material and a tertiary source. A tertiary source is a distillation and collection of primary and secondary sources.  A tertiary source is good place to get an overview of a subject.

Other examples of tertiary sources:

  • almanacs
  • fact books
  • chronologies
  • guidebooks
  • manuals
  • directories

Encyclopedias are considered a scholarly source. The content is written by an academic for an academic audience.  While entries are reviewed by an editorial board, they are not “peer-reviewed”. 

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