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Online Resources: Specialized Encyclopedias and Reference Portals

Technology in the Classroom CenterGood news for teachers, students, and parents: Good, free reference material is available on the Internet. In this article, Education World offers links to more than two dozen specialized online encyclopedias and reference portals.

Good news for teachers, students, and parents: Good, free reference material is available on the Internet. In this article, Education World offers links to more than two dozen specialized online encyclopedias and reference portals.

SPECIALIZED ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS

  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy This encyclopedia is housed at Stanford University.

  • The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy This encyclopedia, founded by James Fieser of the University of Tennessee at Martin, is managed by an international group of university professors who act as area editors.

  • Informationsphere Infosphere collects information available on the Internet and repackages it in a topic format. (The site owner states that all information on the site is used with the permission of the content's original author.) A search function allows user to search the Web as well as the site.

  • The World Factbook 2001 This CIA site provides basic facts (such as population, government, economy, and maps) about countries around the world.

  • The Encyclopedia Mythica This encyclopedia offers information about mythology, folklore, and legends.

  • Whatis.com This encyclopedia, dedicated to the information technology industry, contains definitions about computers, the Internet, software, and hardware.

  • CountryReports.org This encyclopedia's subtitle states that its purpose is to "eradicate conflict by increasing cultural awareness."

  • Encyclopaedia of the Orient This encyclopedia contains information about North Africa and the Middle East.

  • Encyclopedia Smithsonian This is a listing of answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian Institution and includes links to Smithsonian resources on subjects from A to Z.

  • Altapedia This encyclopedia offers geographical information and links to homework resources for teachers and students.

  • Afro-American Almanac This site presents African American history.

  • The Catholic Encyclopedia This site presents information on Catholic interests, action, history, and doctrine.

  • TechWeb's Technology Encyclopedia This encyclopedia explains computer terms and concepts.

  • Music Heritage Network's Instrument Encyclopedia This encyclopedia contains information about musical instruments.

  • Perseus Encyclopedia The Perseus Encyclopedia provides information about the ancient world, particularly classical Greek and Latin languages and related history and culture.

  • Symbols.com This is an encyclopedia of symbols used in Western culture, from Cro-Magnon ideograms to hobo signs and subway graffiti.

  • The Mystica The Mystica is an online encyclopedia of mysticism, magic, and the occult.

  • The Virtual Babel Encyclopedia This encyclopedia, which offers information about Babel from 5000 B.C. to the present, bills itself as "a resource that hopes to show why the story of Babel has continued to inspire artists, writers, philosophers and many others for thousands of years."

  • Spartacus Educational This site features several reference sources, including the Encyclopedia of British History 1700-1900 and the Encyclopedia of the First World War.

  • Better Homes and Gardens Home Improvement Encyclopedia Users can search this encyclopedia for help with things like plumbing, wiring, carpentry, and tools.

  • Illustrated Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology This site includes a section for teachers.

  • Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia This site provides comprehensive legal information.

  • Herbal Encyclopedia This site provides information on medicinal herbs.

  • Medical Encyclopedia This site provides links to thousands of diseases.

REFERENCE PORTALS

Mary Daniels Brown
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