Internet Reference Library

Encyclopedias

Catholic Encyclopedia
http://www.knight.org/advent/cathen/cathen.htm
The site of the 1913 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia . There are other Catholic documents to see as well, such as encyclicals, writings of church fathers, and Summa Theologica from St. Thomas Aquinas. This is an excellent site for an introduction to, and study of, the Catholic faith. A well organized and well annotated site. Searchable. (LII)

Columbia Encyclopedia
http://www.bartleby.com/65/
This is the sixth edition, 2001, of this well-known one-volume desk encyclopedia. This online version is searchable as well as browsable. Contains brief entries with keywords hyperlinked to related entries. From Bartleby.com. (LII)

Encyclopedia.com (Electric Library)

http://www.encyclopedia.com/
Search or browse for free more than 50,000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia , Sixth Edition, 2001. Links to related Internet sites, search forms, and (for fee) full-text articles provided by the Electric Library (LII)

Encyclopedia Mythica
http://www.pantheon.org
"An online encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legends." Entries cover "gods and goddesses, heroes, legendary creatures and beings from all over the world" and many include illustrations, pronunciation keys, and genealogical information. Features annotated links to related resources. (LII)

Encyclopedia of Law and Economics
http://encyclo.findlaw.com/
The Encyclopedia of Law and Economics is an ambitious reference work that attempts to survey the whole law and economics literature in nearly 5,000 pages. Most entries contain two elements: a review of the literature, written by an authority in the field, and a quasi complete bibliography (not just a selection). (From Website)

HealthCentral Library
http://www.healthcentral.com/library/library.cfm

Infoplease (Information Please)
http://www.infoplease.com/
This site includes contents of the Information Please Almanacs , a biography database, a dictionary, an atlas, and articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia . You can search these ready reference works together or separately or browse the Almanacs. There are feature stories each week covering topics in the news, with links to pertinent Almanac content and other Web resources. (LII)

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/
Hundreds of articles featuring "detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy." Maintained by two philosophy professors and a team of volunteer specialists. Not searchable. (LII)

Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia
http://www.nolo.com/index.cfm

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
http://plato.stanford.edu/
Philosophy professors at Stanford University are developing this encyclopedia, featuring hundreds of articles. The section called "What's New" features the latest entries. Searchable and browsable. (LII)

Symbols.com: Encyclopedia of Western Signs and Ideograms
http://www.SYMBOLS.com/
Over "2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics." Symbols include some carved in mammoth teeth by Cro-Magnon men, hobo signs, scientific, medical, mythological and religious symbols, and subway graffiti. Searchable by graphic arrangement or browsable by word definition. Based on Carl G. Liungman's 1995 book, "Thought Signs: The semiotics of Symbols--Western Non-pictorial Ideograms." (LII)

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Browse
A free-content encyclopedia that is being written collaboratively by contributors from all around the world. The site is a wiki, "meaning that anyone with access to a ... computer can edit, correct, or improve information." Without editorial oversight, the quality of the content on this site varies dramatically, but it is worth exploring. The English version has hundreds of thousands of entries. Spanish, French, and Esperanto are among the several other languages offered. (LII)

World Factbook (CIA)
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Published annually by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), this is a handy reference work for basic statistical data on the countries of the world. Includes maps, and a handy resource called Flags of the World (LII)