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encyclopaedia, -pedia: A work containing information on all branches of knowledge, usually arranged alphabetically... A work containing exhaustive information on some one art or branch of knowledge, arranged systematically.
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General Encyclopaedias

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.
scope: more than 72,000 articles
publisher: Britannica.com Inc.

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.
scope: 11,614 articles
publisher: Kevin Knight

The Columbia Encyclopedia : Full text online version of The Columbia Encyclopedia, unabridged Sixth Edition, Columbia University Press, 2000.
scope: over 50,000 articles
publisher: Bartleby.com

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.
scope: 16,000 articles
publisher: Microsoft Corporation

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.
scope: More than 50,000 articles
publisher: Infonautics Corporation

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.
scope: 5,200 articles (Volume 1)
publisher: The ARTFL Project (the Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language), at the University of Chicago.

Subject Encyclopaedias

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.
scope: ongoing project, thousands of species (mainly mammals to date)
publisher: University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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.
scope: over 200 artists; 2,600 scans; international; ancient to modern
publisher: Mark Harden

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.
scope: Portal: 7,000 artists, 80,000 works, 700 arts sites
publisher: Artcyclopedia Inc.

Botany.com : Encyclopedia of plants for gardeners. Supplies descriptions with common and botanical names, information on cultivation techniques, pests and diseases, and propagation. Illustrated.
scope: hundreds of entries; USA
publisher: J.L. Clairmonte Holdings Inc.

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.
scope: 11,000 pages; to 1920
publisher: Bartleby.com

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.
scope: more than 600 articles, North Africa and the Middle East
publisher: LexicOrient

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.
scope: more than 2,500 symbols
publisher: Symbols.com, HME Media

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.
scope: 6,703 languages
publisher: Summer Institute of Linguistics, Inc.

Fossil Encyclopedia : Text only, with cross references.
scope: hundreds of entries; regular updates
publisher: Royal Tyrrell Museum

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.
scope: More than 800 buildings, international
publisher: Kevin Matthews, Artifice, Inc.

Human Anatomy Online : Interactive graphical resource; imagemaps of anatomical systems provide links to text entries.
scope: over 100 entries
publisher: INTELLIMED International Corp

The Human Languages Page : Language, literature and linguistic resources, plus schools and institutions, organizations, products and services, and jobs and internships.
scope: portal; over 1800 resources on more than 100 languages
publisher: Tyler Chambers

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.
scope: 2000 files; 1000 BC to present; world
publisher: Andreas Nothiger

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mesoamerica : Concise encyclopedia of ancient Mesoamerica, covering the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacano, Zapotec, Mixtec, Toltec, Aztec and other cultures.
scope: over 100 entries
publisher: Mesoweb, Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute

Instrument Encyclopedia : Based on artifacts from the Stearns Collection at the University of Michigan, including sound files and bibliographic citations.
scope: more than 140; world
publisher: CHICO, School of Information, University of Michigan

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.
scope: around 4,000 entries
publisher: adam.com, Inc.

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.
scope: 90 articles
publisher: William A. Arnett

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.
scope: roughly 225 gigabytes of data
publisher: Crane, Gregory R. (ed.), the Department of the Classics, Tufts University

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.
scope: over 2,800 entries; 1700-1950
publisher: John Simkin, National Grid for Learning (NGfL)

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.
scope: frequent additions
publisher: Metaphysics Research Lab at the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University

TechEncyclopedia : Illustrated encyclopedia of computer terms and concepts. Based on The Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, The Computer Language Company Inc.
scope: more than 20,000 entries
publisher: CMP Media, TechWeb.com

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.
scope: continually updated
publisher: Calvin J. Hamilton

World Art Treasures : A series of thematic presentations called Itineraries, some with audio.
scope: based on 100,000 slides; ancient to modern; international
publisher: Fondation Jacques-Edouard Berger

World of Mathematics : Eric Weisstein's staggering site includes more than 4,000 figures, 100 animated graphics, 950 live Java applets "and counting".
scope: more than 10,000 entries
publisher: Wolfram Research, Inc.

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