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Broad-Scope Encyclopedias

Name Description
Canadian Encyclopedia Online

Contains the complete text of the encyclopedia in English and French and links to related Web sites.

Citizendium A collaborative encyclopedia project, which requires authors to verify their credentials before posting. Contributions are approved by expert editors.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Britannica’s public website.
Encyclopedia.com Allows searching for information in over 100 trusted online encyclopedias and dictionaries. An excellent research tool with a wide range of subjects that will be of great use to those investigating a particular subject.
My Virtual Encyclopedia "Essentially a large collection of links to useful sources within numerous subject categories. From refdesk.com., maintained by Bob Drudge."
Oxford Reference Online An authoritative research resource bringing together over 100 of Oxford's renowned dictionary and reference titles across more than 20 subject areas into a single cross-searchable database. [RR]

Specialized Encyclopedias

Name Description
Brill's New Pauly Supports research in "classical antiquity and the classical tradition." The English edition of Der Neue Pauly. Click Brill Online to access the German version. [RR]
Burger's Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery Offers access to "broad coverage of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery for new or experienced medicinal chemists, biologists, pharmacologists and molecular biologists. This includes a current and global perspective of drug design, and drug development."
Cambridge Histories Online CHO "brings together over 250 volumes from the renowned Cambridge Histories series. The volumes are grouped into topics, making it quick and easy to search and browse through an array of historical subject areas." [RR]
Cambridge History of French Literature A comprehensive guide to French literature from its beginnings to the present day. Coverage spans Occitan poetry to Francophone writing in the Caribbean and North Africa, intellectual history to current films, and medieval manuscripts to bandes dessinés. [RR]
Companion Encyclopedia of Geography Provides “an authoritative and provocative source of reference for all those concerned with the earth and its people.” [RR]
Comprehensive organic functional group transformations II

A review of the literature (1995 to 2003) that treats organic synthesis in terms of functional groups and methods for their construction and conversion. Updated on an ongoing basis.

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Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature “This abridged and updated edition … presents more than 400 biographies of authors, critics, literary characters, and historical figures, and 150 plot summaries of major works.” [RR]
Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature Contains “brief biographies of important authors, plot summaries of individual works, descriptions of important literary movements, and a wealth of information on other aspects of American literary life and history from the Colonial period to the modern era.” [RR]
Concise Oxford Companion to Classical Literature Gives accounts of the lives of many classical authors and character entries and plot summaries for their works. General entries trace the development of literary forms such as comedy and tragedy. There is also wide coverage of the historical, political, social, and artistic background. [RR]
Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature Covers all aspects of English literature including character entries, plot summaries, literary movements, critics, critical theories, literary societies, periodicals, libraries, copyright, censorship, coffee houses, actors and actresses, printers, publishers, booksellers, and private presses, and author biographies. [RR]
Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature "This comprehensive guide spans sixteen centuries of the literature and literary culture of Ireland." [RR]
Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre Offers “over 2500 entries that range widely over theatre in the last century”. Features scholarly entries as well as contributions by “professional theatre insiders.” [RR]
Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality Covers “the full range of topics in the study of human sexual behavior throughout the world.” [RR]
Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy A ” comprehensive reference work devoted to philosophy in Britain.” Covers individual thinkers, historical perspectives of core philosophical topics, and factual and detailed specific entries. Contributions by international experts. [RR]
Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers Covers “almost any aspect of modern American thought.” Provides scholarly treatment of life and works of academic and non academic philosophers. Includes less known, presently obscure, and minority intellectuals. [RR]
e-CPS Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (Canada) [RR]
E-EROS Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis [RR]
Encyclopaedia of Islam

Encyclopaedia of Islam (Second Edition) describes the present state of  knowledge of the Islamic World.

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Encyclopaedia of the Orient "An online encyclopaedia that covers all Middle-Eastern countries and cultures between Mauritania in the west and Iran in the east, Turkey in the north and Sudan in south. "
Encyclopedia Judaica Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edition, provides "an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge." [RR]
Encyclopedia Mythica "An encyclopaedia on mythology, folklore and magic, with 4300+ definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world."
Encyclopedia of Analytical Instrumentation "Although not labelled as such, this is an encyclopaedia covering analytical instrumentation in chemistry."
Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics Online (EAGLL)

Brings together "the latest research from across a range of disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of ancient Greek." Useful for studies in Greek, linguistics and Biblical literature.

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Encyclopedia of Ancient History Covers “the entire Mediterranean world, including the Near East and Egypt, and spans from the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Canadian Theatre "An encyclopaedia on Canadian Theatre, with entries on actors, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, theatre organizations and institutions, composers and plays."
Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology (Kirk Othmer) Covers the entire chemical industry and allied fields. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Coastal Science Covers a number of topical essays on current topics in coastal studies. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Communication Theory Offers “current descriptions of the theories that explain numerous aspects of communication and present the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories.” These entries, written by nearly 200 contributors from 10 countries, are reviewed. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Epidemiology Covers major topics in epidemiology, from risk ratios to case-control studies to mediating and moderating variables, and more. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Evolution A comprehensive guide to the essentials of evolutionary biology. Entries include essential concepts and theories, present methods, models and findings. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science Covers the essence of GIS. Contains contributions from prominent GIS scholars as well as experts in GIS’s supporting disciplines. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Geography With 1,224 entries, the Encyclopedia of Geography covers the six broad subject areas of: physical geography; human geography; nature and society; methods, models, and GIS; history of Geography; people, organizations, and movements. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Global Change The authoritative articles "investigate all types of phenomena that change life on Earth." [RR]
Encyclopedia of Greco-Roman Mythology

Presents the myths and legends in A-Z format, complete with a "topic finder" enabling the reader to locate specific entries. Provides cross-references with each entry, and an extensive bibliography. (This entry is in Primo; the access in the library is by WATCARD login.)

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Encyclopedia of Health and Aging Covers the biological, psychological, social, and economic aspects of health and aging and impacts within the health-care system. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Human Rights Offers “comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history in over 300 entries signed by leading scholars and human rights experts.” [RR]
Encyclopedia of Immunology "630 short articles of multidisciplinary interest, covering subjects from ABO blood groups and immunoglobulins, to xenotransplantation and zinc metalloenzymes. Full text of 1998 print edition." [RR]
Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics (Second Edition) ELL2 "cannot be surpassed for its depth, currency, interdisciplinary coverage, and sheer comprehensiveness.” Coverage includes  the language situation in countries all over the world, language education policies in the world's major regions, language and the brain, animal communication, second-language acquisition, etc. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society The encyclopedia looks at the effect of mathematics on hundreds of everyday topics. This resource is also a great introduction to math concepts for the non-mathematically inclined. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Music in Canada Instant access to a complete reference of everything musical in Canada. Presented in English and French.
Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Covers all aspects of the nanoscale science and technology in all disciplines. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Psychology "Structured as an encyclopaedia, but consisting primarily of links to other psychology sites."
Encyclopedia of Public Relations A primer to the field of public relations. Features "the positive service and contributions of practitioners" as well as "the theoretical and ethical concerns". [RR]
Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science The geology and environment of the last million years. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Research Design A collection of scholarly entries on “how to plan and conduct empirical research, including the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods”. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Rhetoric Covers the knowledge from classics, philosophy, literature, literary theory, cultural studies, speech and communications, and discusses basic concepts and themes throughout rhetoric. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender "Addresses issues of sex and gender at the personal and the social level." [RR]
Encyclopedia of the City Focuses “on the key topics encountered by undergraduates and scholars in urban studies and allied fields.“ [RR]
Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment The coverage from 1670 to 1815 includes Western Europe, North America, Brazil, and Iberian, Russian, Jewish, and Eastern European cultures. [RR]
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages Provides articles on all aspects of the period from the fifth to the fifteenth century. [RR]
Encyclopedia Smithsonian "Encyclopedia Smithsonian features answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian and links to Smithsonian resources. Covers topics in art, culture, science & techology."
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics, 4th ed. A comprehensive tool for geophysicists, geologists, explorationists, engineers, energy advisers, economists, and students in the field. Provides access to the list of terms, definitions and associated figures, the search engine, the introductory texts, the appendices, and the references. [RR]
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Landscape and Urban Planning This multilingual, encyclopedic dictionary “covers terms regularly used in landscape and urban planning, as well as environmental protection.” [RR]
e-Therapeutics Based on the Canadian Pharmacists Association's (CPhA) publication, Therapeutic Choices;  an editorial team of physicians and pharmacists from across Canada have combined their experience and expertise to develop a disease-oriented model that reflects common and accepted practices using an evidence-based approach. [RR]
Gale Virtual Reference Library Selection of full-text reference works in the social sciences and sciences. Search the full collection or narrow search to a subject area. [RR]
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

" Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is the first comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples"--title screen

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Germany and the Americas: culture, politics, and history: a multidisciplinary encyclopedia (Access in library is by WatCard login) Examines German cultural and political legacy in the Americas and details the relations between the German-speaking world and the Americas. [RR]
Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO) Provides "information on Anabaptist-related (Amish, Mennonite, Hutterite, Brethren in Christ) topics, including history, theology, biography, institutions and local congregations."
Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts Covers the decorative arts production throughout western and non-western culture. Includes entries on artists and craftsmen, the qualities and historic uses of materials, and definitions on art forms and style. [RR]
Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art Provides scholarly information on the visual arts of the Renaissance in Northern Europe. Coverage includes artists, artisans, patrons, painting, architecture, sculpture, cities, centres of production, theory, criticism, etc. [RR]
Handbook of pharmaceutical excipients A comprehensive, uniform guide to the uses, properties, and safety of pharmaceutical excipients [RR]
Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering [RR]
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences "The electronic edition of International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. In addition to the printed edition, this database of articles is enhanced by flexible search-and-retrieval facilities and by a rich variety of electronic reference links." [RR]
International Encyclopedia of Dance Covers of dance-theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Includes dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers. [RR]
International Encyclopedia of Human Geography Contains over 1,000 articles on key concepts, methods and practices, notable geographers, and geographical thought and practice throughout the world. [RR]
International Encyclopedia of Linguistics Covers topics in linguistics, including areas of historical, comparative, formal, mathematical, functional, philosophical, and sociolinguistics. [RR]
International Studies Encyclopedia “… the most comprehensive reference work of its kind for the fields of international studies and international relations.” [RR]
Jewish Encyclopedia.com "Contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia originally published between 1901-1906. Topics include Jewish history, law, theology, philosophy, literature, biography, and traditions."
Jewish Virtual Library Designed as a "cyber-encyclopedia of Jewish history, culture, religion, and Israel. ... Significant attention has been given to documentation of US-Israeli relations and partnerships--economic, military, and strategic." Has a "large archive of key historical documents."
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism "An encyclopaedic guide to critical theory. Although particularly relevant to literature and linguistic studies, it may also be of interest to researchers in social sciences and humanities." [RR]
Literary Encyclopedia Covers world literatures in English. Provides "profiles of authors and texts, and basic knowledge on their cultural contexts." Includes major philosophers and philosophies, and information on major historical events. [RR]
Merck Index Contains a variety of chemical information for 10,250 compounds (mostly organic), particularly those of medicinal interest. The information provided includes chemical, trade and common names, CAS numbers, physical and toxicity data, therapeutic and commercial uses, preparatory procedures, references to the chemical literature, and chemical structures. [RR]
My Facts Page Encyclopedias "A useful list of specialized/subject encyclopedias. From refdesk.com, maintained by Bob Drudge."
New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics 3rd ed., completely rev. “This new edition ... assesses 106 national poetries, with coverage of every significant poetry tradition in the world.” [RR]
Oxford Companion to Global Change An “up-to-date, comprehensive, interdisciplinary guide to the range of issues surrounding natural and human-induced changes in the Earth's environment.” [RR]
Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English "This is the most comprehensive guide to modern poetry in English." [RR]
Oxford Companion to World Exploration Covers "all aspects of global exploration, from Antarctica to the North Pole." Includes biographies, national expeditions, and navigational and marine sciences. [RR]
Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance Covers all aspects of the Renaissance in 14th to 17th century Europe, including the art, literature, science, culture, philosophy, religion, economics, history, and conflict of the period. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature Surveys the American literature in 350 essays from leading scholars, covering the American literary history from the 1600s to the present day. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt Besides archaeology, coverage includes the knowledge of social, political, religious, cultural and artistic legacy of this 5,000-year civilization. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome "Offers a comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world—Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman—from the Bronze Age to the fifth century CE." [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature Provides comprehensive coverage of the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature Documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. Includes brief biographies of major authors and illustrators. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History International in scope and spanning all time periods of human history. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America The articles cover the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States Covers diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures A reference tool in such fields as art, archaeology, religious studies, anthropology, Latin American culture, and the history of the region. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation Covers the entire range of religious and social changes that altered Europe in the sixteenth century, including issues of church polity and theology, developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance Provides authoritative and up-to-date information about theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments around the globe. “In addition to performances in playhouses, it covers dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performance, including carnivals, circus, and public executions.” [RR]
Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies This handbook is currently in development; see the Contents for specific articles. [RR]
Oxford Handbooks Online

Collection in four subject modules: Business & Management , Philosophy, Political Science and Religion. Offers authoritative approach to scholarship.

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Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History Provides “both historical and contemporary comparisons of the world legal systems.” Traces “legal history from ancient to modern times.” [RR]
Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace

Offers “a comprehensive survey of the full range of historical, political, theoretical and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict.” Entries are by leading scholars in the field.

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Oxford Music Online A gateway offering access and cross-search of the “resources of Oxford's music reference in one location.” Includes Grove Music Online (2001), The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Second Edition, Revised (2006). [RR]
Resource Central - Encyclopedia "A collection of useful information and links to a number of specialized and general encyclopedias (free and subscription-based), as well as links to other collective websites."
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online Based on the 1998 10-volume print edition. Coverage includes "Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy." Includes over 25,000 links between articles and other editorially reviewed websites. [RR]
Routledge handbook of Greek mythology Based on H.J. Rose's Handbook of Greek Mythology, updated, re-written and including extended coverage. [RR]
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture This 2nd ed. covers “topics and persons in major areas of popular culture: film; music; print culture; social life; sports; television and radio; and art and performance (which include theater, dance, stand-up comedy, and other live performances”. [RR]
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

A publishing project of the Metaphysics Research Lab at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University.

Tech Encyclopedia "Includes over 15,000 definitions and explanations in plain English on topics ranging from PCs, Macs, UNIX, networking, client/server, graphics, multimedia, Internet, World Wide Web, objects, major products and vendors, acronyms, buzzwords, etc."
Treatise on Geochemistry A comprehensive, integrated summary of the present state of geochemistry. All major parts of geochemistry are dealt with, ranging from the chemistry of the solar system to environmental geochemistry. [RR]
Water Dictionary Provides “definitions for more than 15,000 water-related words, phrases, acronyms, chemicals, microorganisms, units of measure, formulas, and calculations.”2nd ed. [RR]
World Factbook For each country, it includes information on current issues, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

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