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An alternative to Wikipedia, featuring entries from specialized academic encyclopedias.

General Encyclopedias & Collections

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  • Britannica Online Academic Edition
    Includes a dictionary, thesaurus, videos, timelines, world atlas and quotations.
  • CQ Researcher Plus Archive
    Summary reports of current political, economic, social, cultural, and health issues in the news (1960-present).
  • GVRL Collection
    Encyclopedias for the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and business from the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).
  • Oxford Reference
    Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and companions for many subject areas, especially the humanities, but also social sciences, sciences, and business.
  • SAGE Knowledge
    Encyclopedias in a wide range of social science disciplines, as well as business and economics.

Science Encyclopedias

  • AccessScience
    Online version of the 20-volume McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, including scientific biographies.
  • Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS)
    Online encyclopedia with peer-reviewed entries covering topics in the biological sciences, hosted by Wiley Interscience.
  • Salem Health
    Profiles physical and psychological disorders, diseases, and conditions for the layperson, including causes, symptoms, treatment, therapy, and prospects.
  • ScienceDirect Reference Works
    Encyclopedias on the human brain, the neurological sciences, infant and early childhood development, adolescence, and more.

More Subject Encyclopedias

  • CQ Political Reference Suite
    Political reference suite of online encyclopedias, guides, handbooks, and other sources on U.S. government and politics, with some international sources.
  • Encyclopedia of American Studies
    Covers the history and cultures of the United States since pre-colonial times, from a wide range of disciplines.
  • Literature Criticism Online
    Extensive compilation of introductory commentary and criticism on literature from the classical to contemporary era, including poetry and short stories.
  • MagillOnLiterature Plus
    Thousands of critical essays, plot summaries, character profiles, and author biographies for fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and philosophical works.
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    Over 2,000 biographical and thematic entries. Also available in print: Reference B 51 R68 1998 (10 vols.)
  • Routledge Politics and International Relations Online
    Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and biographical sources for politics, political systems, governments, economies, countries, and regions of the world.
  • Routledge Religion Online
    Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and biographical sources for Christianity and other world religions, both ancient and modern.
  • Salem History
    Profiles of great lives and great events in history, from the ancient world through the 20th century. Entries are signed and include further reading.

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