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General Encyclopedias

A selected list of general encyclopedias.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica (Forbes Library|online)
    The oldest English language encyclopedia in print, the Britannica is aimed at educated adults and is well known for its scholarly approach. The 2010 edition can always be used at the library and some limited content is available for free online.

  • Encyclopedia.com
    A searchable reference allowing you to search over 100 reputable reference works including the 6th edition of The Columbia Encyclopedia and Webster’s New World Dictionary.

  • Simple English Wikipedia
    A free, collaboratively written encyclopedia written in simple language, appropriate for children and adults learning English as a second language.

  • Wikipedia
    A free encyclopedia written collaboratively by people all over the world. Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has rapidly grown into the largest reference Web site on the Internet, with over 1.5 million articles in English alone. Since anyone can edit it, be sure to verify sources.

  • Wikipedia (En Español)
    La enciclopedia de contenido libre que todos pueden editar. La versión en español comenzó en 2001 y tiene mas de 3 mil artículos. Puesto que cualquier persona puede corregirlo, sea seguro verificar fuentes.

  • The World Book Encyclopedia (Forbes Library)
    A popular and easy to use Encyclopedia. A recommended starting point for many student projects. The 2011 edition can be found in the reference room.

Topical Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are available on many topics. You can find many subject encyclopedias in print in our online catalog and many more are available online through databases such as Credo Reference (highly recommended!) or the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Please ask a librarian if you need assistance!

The following is a short list of online specialty encyclopedias:

  • The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    An online encyclopedia of philosophy combined with with peer reviewed publication of original papers in philosophy. Maintained by Stanford University.

  • How Products Are Made
    An online version of Thompson Gale's 7 volume print set about how things are made. Entries are written for a general audience.
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