Encyclopedias are useful:
Wikipedia: good or bad?
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On the other hand, Wikipedia is a good way to:
American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960. Harold Bloom. Chelsea House: 1997-1998.
Call Number: PS374 .W6 A455 REFERENCE
American Women Writers: a critical reference guide from colonial times to the present. 2nd ed. St. James Press: 2000.
Call Number: PS147 .A4 REFERENCE
Black Women in America: an historical encyclopedia. Darlene Clark Hine. Carlson: 1993.
Call Number: E185.86 .B542 REFERENCE
A-Z guide providing some 600 entries on individuals and sports as well as numerous related topics.
Modern Women Writers. Lillian S. Robinson. Continuum: 1996.
Call Number: PN471 .M62 REFERENCE
Statistical Handbook on Women in America. 2nd ed. Cynthia M. Taeuber. Oryx: 1996.
Call Number: HQ1420 .T34 REFERENCE
Timetables of Women's History. Karen Greenspan. Simon & Schuster: 1994.
Call Number: HQ1121 .G74 REFERENCE
Women in Context: two hundred years of British women autobiographers. Barbara Penny Kanner. G.K. Hall: 1997.
Call Number: HQ1593 .A3 K36 REFERENCE
Women Writers of Great Britain and Europe: an encyclopedia. Katharina M. Wilson, et al. Garland: 1997.
Call Number: PN471 .W565 REFERENCE
Women's Studies Encyclopedia. Helen Tierney. Greenwood: 1999.
Call Number: HQ1115 .W645 REFERENCE