Encyclopedias

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General Encyclopedias

  • About encyclopedias and Wikipedia.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Searching and Browsing available.
  • Encyclopedia.com. Includes links to newspaper articles, scholarly encyclopedia articles, and a variety of other entries from numerous sources.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).  A database in the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) largely comprised of encyclopedias. (Deselect other databases and scroll down to find GVRL.)
  • Wikipedia  The largest and most inclusive source of topics in the world. Caveat emptor: Staff attempts to review all content to assure it meets certain publication standards, and it provides warnings when published content has noticed weaknesses. Staff is not able to review the details for accuracy. The content may or may not be peer reviewed.
Topical Encyclopedias

The general encyclopedias listed above are highly inclusive of varied topics. More topically oriented encyclopedias can be found on the Course Resource (guide) page dedicated to your program or course. Course Resources.  

List of Online Encyclopedias. On Wikipedia. Includes whether access is free or not. Organized by topic; relevant examples: General, Biography, Biology-LifeScience, Mathematics, Medicine—and more. The page does not attempt to be all-inclusive, but may have something beneficial.

Additional Library Resources

Library and Information Mastery Topics 

How to effectively use the library and other information resources to find what you need,


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Updated 11/15/2012

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