Wikipedia is an encyclopedia written collaboratively; anyone with internet access can write and edit Wikipedia articles. Users can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or, if they choose to, with their real identity.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is a collection of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources; these trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7.
If you need general information about subjects, persons, places etc. then GVRL is a good place to start.
The library catalog will lead you to many individual reference books such as:
EBSCOhost databases are a good place to start your search for articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers.
These two databases contain collections of scholarly journal articles.