The goal is to give people a free encyclopedia to every person in the world, in their own language. Not just in a 'free beer' kind of way, but also in the free speech kind of way. - Jimmy Wales
Encyclopaedia is a book or set of books that give information on many subjects or on many aspects of one subject and usually arranged alphabetically. Many teachers use encyclopedias as teaching tools for their students. There are different kinds of encyclopedias, e.g. general encyclopedias, subject encyclopedias, online encyclopedias, etc.
Below is a list of the most popular encyclopedias:
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online It provides complete text of Encyclopedia Britannica with a search engine, links and multimedia enhancements. However, full text is accessible only to subscribers. Free trial is available.
International Encyclopedia of Linguistics The Encyclopedia covers topics in linguistics, including such areas as historical, comparative, formal, mathematical, functional, philosophical, and sociolinguistics. Special attention is given to relations of linguistics with other disciplines. To access the full text, subscription or purchase is requireed.
World Book Encyclopedia It is an online version of the complete reference work along with dictionary, atlas, links, magazines, historical documents, audio, video, images, and 3D photographs. Requires free temporary registration with option to buy continued access for full articles.
HowStuffWorks HowStuffWorks.com is an award winning site. It overs many topics in such fields like money, health, computers, electronics, entertainment, home, people, science and travel. It explains how stuff works in various life situations. It tells you how to see free movies, how to start a business, how to deal with difficult situations, etc.
Bartleby It is an excellent site for researchers and students. Also, information on the web. It focuses on classics and general reference works, fiction and non-fiction. It contains a lot of quotations, proverbs, maxims, King James Bible, Oxford Shakespeare, Gray's Anatomy, Strunk's Elements of Style, modern poetry, poems of places, web information, and anthologies.
The Children's Encyclopedia Free digital copy is available online.This encyclopedia was written by Arthur Henry Mee, the Biritsh journalist, writer and educator. A complete digital copy of Volume One is available.
The Probert Encyclopaedia The Probert Encyclopaedia utilises a web approach of many concise articles linked together by hypertext links. The Probert Encyclopaedia contains more than 300,000 references.
JRank JRank is free and it has already indexed over 40 million pages. Search results are super-fast and accurate. You need to sign up; it is free. To sign up, click here...
Symbols It is an online encyclopedia of Western signs and ideograms. This encyclopaedia contains more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs. These signs are grouped according to their graphic characteristics.
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS) features over 4,900 peer-reviewed and citable articles in the life sciences and is an essential resource for students and teachers. It contains hundreds of originally commissioned and peer reviewed articles across the life sciences. This online encyclopedia requires paid subscription.
Encyclopedia Smithsonian Encyclopedia Smithsonian was founded in 1846. It is the world's largest museum and research complex. The Smithsonian operates nine research centers and many research programs.
Thesaurus It is the largest and most trusted free online thesaurus. It contains word definitions, concepts, synonyms and antonyms. A thesaurus is a reference work that lists words grouped together according to similarity of meaning.
Webopedia This encyclopedia contains computer and internet terminology. It is a large searchable online search engine for computer and internet terms and technical support. Definitions are hyperlinked to further related information. Webopedia provides definitions that are easy to understand for non-professionals. Difficult terms are explained in plain language, avoiding the use of heavy jargon when possible, therefore this encyclopedia is accessible to users with a wide range of computer and internet knowledge.
Wikipedia A free encyclopedia built collaboratively using wiki software. It is one of the first encyclopedias of this kind.
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