Taking a few minutes to read about your topic in a specialized encyclopedia may be one of the most effective and time saving research tips on this list! They can help with an overview of a subject, or even a quick summary of basic ideas. Encyclopedia articles are often followed by carefully selected bibliographies or lists of references to other works, useful items to have as you begin looking for additional information. A bibliography (a list of books, articles, etc.) is an instant "shopping list" of the best and most relevant sources on your topic.