Encyclopedia articles can save you time by quickly providing succinct, historical definitions of terms and concepts as well as an overview of a topic, often including references to the major books and articles in a subject area. Try comparing what you have found in Wikipedia with these subject encyclopedias in the library subscription database GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) .
Five of the 120 encyclopedias in GVRL are especially relevant to education. You can search them directly or as part of the combined database.
Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012, 4 vols) from Gale
Encyclopedia of Education 2nd ed. (2003) from Gale
World Education Encyclopedia (2002, 3 vols) from Gale
Encyclopedia of Research Design (2010, 3 vols) from Gale
International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2008, 9 vols) from Gale
See the Reference Resources tab to find encyclopedias and handbooks specific to content areas within Education, located in the Library Reference Collection