General Encyclopedias                 Subject Encyclopedias

General Encyclopedias

Britannica.com : Access to a subset of the complete Encyclopaedia Britannica, plus reviews of web sites by Britannica editors, articles from leading magazines, and Books in Print. Full access is by subscription.

The Catholic Encyclopedia : Complete text of the 15 volume Catholic Encyclopedia, Robert Appleton Company, 1913 edition. Covers topics both religious and secular, from a Catholic perspective.

The Columbia Encyclopedia : Full text online version of The Columbia Encyclopedia, unabridged Sixth Edition, Columbia University Press, 2000.

Encarta Online Encyclopedia : Includes access to the Encarta World English Dictionary and World Atlas. This version is based on the Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe (42,000 articles) which is available by subscription only.

Encyclopedia.com : Short articles for quick reference, with links to related web sites and books, plus links to the subscription-based Electric Library. Based on The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Third Edition.

Encyclopedie : Online version of the first volume of Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des métiers et des arts, first edition, published in 1751. Eventually, all seventeen volumes of text and eleven volumes of plates will be included. At present the prototype of the first volume, including images of the plates that are cited in articles in that volume, are available.


Subject Encyclopedias

* The Animal Diversity Web : An online database of the animal kingdom with text, photographs, QuickTime VR movies, and/or sound recordings. A search tool allows for comparison by combinations of descriptors.

The Artchive : Articles on artists, styles, periods, and other categories; well illustrated and including bibliographic citations. The text is from various published works; the illustrations are from original scans.

Artcyclopedia : An index of artists represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources. Search by name, title or museum, or browse by movement, medium, subject, nationality or name. Provides links to the online resource.

* Botany.com : Encyclopedia of plants for gardeners. Supplies descriptions with common and botanical names, information on cultivation techniques, pests and diseases, and propagation. Illustrated.

Cambridge History of English and American Literature : Complete text of The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes, Putnam, 1907-21. Essay topics include poetry, fiction, drama, essays, orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists and song writers.

Encyclopaedia of the Orient : Covers Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, and Yemen. Includes photos, grahics, sound clips, music clips, and pronounciation clips. Updated weekly.

Encyclopedia of Western Signs and Ideograms : Online version of Carl G Liungman's Thought Signs: the Semiotics of Symbols - Western Non-pictorial Ideograms, IOS Press. 1,600 articles giving the history, use and meaning of the symbols. Limited to ideograms: graphical symbols and signs that are not pictures of easily recognized objects.

Ethnologue : Web access to the entire text of Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 13th edition, 1999. Includes overviews and descriptions, name and family indexes, language family trees and maps.

Fossil Encyclopedia : Text only, with cross references.

Great Buildings Collection : Photographs, architectural drawings and 3D walkthrough models with articles, biographies and bibliographies. An abridged version of the Great Buildings Collection CD-ROM, Artifice, Inc.

* Human Anatomy Online : Interactive graphical resource; imagemaps of anatomical systems provide links to text entries.

The Human Languages Page : Language, literature and linguistic resources, plus schools and institutions, organizations, products and services, and jobs and internships.

* HyperHistory : Part of the World History Project this is the online companion to the World History Chart by Andreas Nothiger. World history timelines, lifelines, events and maps. Short text entries often include links to vetted web sites.

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mesoamerica : Concise encyclopedia of ancient Mesoamerica, covering the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacano, Zapotec, Mixtec, Toltec, Aztec and other cultures.

Instrument Encyclopedia : Based on artifacts from the Stearns Collection at the University of Michigan, including sound files and bibliographic citations.

* Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia : Illustrated health care information from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, USA. Specific diseases, conditions, and drugs with links to consumer health information from the National Institutes of Health, dictionaries, and information on clinical trials. No advertising or endorsements.

The Nine Planets : Overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of the planets and moons in our solar system. Other solar systems, spacecraft, a glossary and various tabulated data are also included, as are links to other sites.

Perseus Project : Digital library comprising texts, images, plans and maps of the Ancient World. Includes the text of more than 420 works; approximately 30,000 images of architecture, sculpture, coins, vases, and site plans, a prototype of the full Liddell-Scott-Jones Lexicon of Classical Greek with links into Perseus texts. Yale University Press distributes the CDROM version of Perseus.

Spartacus Internet Encyclopedia of British History : The history of Britain through the eyes of people from all levels of society. Links are also provided to the sources used, to encourage critical evaluation.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy : An ongoing project, each entry is refereed, maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. Online only.

TechEncyclopedia : Illustrated encyclopedia of computer terms and concepts. Based on The Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, The Computer Language Company Inc.

Views of the Solar System : A vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos covering the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, spacecraft and current news.

World Art Treasures : A series of thematic presentations called Itineraries, some with audio.

World of Mathematics : Eric Weisstein's staggering site includes more than 4,000 figures, 100 animated graphics, 950 live Java applets "and counting".