Database List

The following 38 databases are best for: Encyclopedias

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ADAM Medical Encyclopedia    
English & Spanish versions available. A.D.A.M is written at a level for the general reader, and includes very basic information on diseases and conditions, symptoms, tests, surgeries, etc. It includes many illustrations.
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  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health

 
ARTFL    
An implementation of the FRANTEXT database, it consists of nearly 2000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing.
  • Coverage Range: 1600 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: University of Chicago

 
Berg Fashion Library    
Offers access to resources in fashion and related fields. Includes the full-text of the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, and an extensive color image bank. Useful for research in fashion, theatre & dance, anthropology, art history, history, american studies, and cultural studies.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press

 
Biography and Genealogy Master Index    
Indexes biographical sources that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. IMPORTANT NOTE: This database allows only 2 simultaneous users. Please remember to log out of this database when you are finished using it.
  • Coverage Range: Current and retrospective works
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning
  • 2 Simultaneous Users

 
Brill's New Pauly    
Authoritative encyclopedic work on the ancient world. Fifteen volumes are devoted to Greco-Roman antiquity, covering more than two thousand years of history from the second millennium BC to early medieval Europe. Special emphasis is given to the interaction between Greco-Roman culture on the one hand, and Semitic, Celtic, Germanic, and Slavonic culture, and ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the other hand. Fifteen volumes plus 4 supplement volumes cover the long and influential aftermath of antiquity and the process of continuous reinterpretation and revaluation of the ancient heritage, including the history of classical scholarship. Many entries include maps and illustrations.
  • Coverage Range: 2000 B.C. to early medieval times
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Brill

 
Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography    
Provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented.
  • Coverage Range: All time periods
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Contemporary Authors    
A database that includes full-text biographic details on approximately 100,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters. Featured are current writers, the most-studied literary figures of the early 20th century and authors from around the world whose works have been translated into English or published in the United States. Included are the author's writings, media adaptations, works in progress sidelights, interviews, excerpts from secondary source articles, and bibliographies.
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  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Credo Reference    
Includes more than 800 encyclopedic titles from respected publishers in all disciplines taught at Dickinson, including various language dictionaries, the Marquis Who’s Who series and numerous other biographical sources, economics and business encyclopedias, food and agriculture sources, publishing sources, atlases, and many encyclopedias covering the arts, history, literature, science, technology, religion, philosophy, politics, psychology, geography and country studies, and more.
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  • Vendor: Credo Reference
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Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)    
Career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres of literature. Includes photos of many authors.
  • Coverage Range: All eras of literary history.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB)    
Biographies of non-living people who shaped the British Isles, including bibliographic lists for further research.
  • Coverage Range: 4th century B.C. to 2000
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable
  • 3 Simultaneous Users

 
Encyclopaedia Judaica    
Features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American, and European subject specialists.
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  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Encyclopaedia of Islam (2nd and 3rd editions)    
Sets out the present state of our knowledge of the Islamic World. Contains over 10,000 entries from hundreds of scholars with full color illustrations. Updated 4 times per year. Includes maps from the Historical Atlas of Islam.
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  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Brill

 
Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an    
Encyclopedic dictionary of qur'anic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within Islam and qur'anic studies.
  • Coverage Range: 6 volumes
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Encyclopedia Britannica Online    
One of the broadest single sources for beginning research on any topic. Includes full text multimedia encyclopedia articles, country statistics and comparisons, timelines, bibliographies, and links to journal articles and web sites. Interactive features allow you to create your own workspace to save and share your research. An ideal starting point, especially for topics unfamiliar to you. ***Also includes Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus***
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.

 
Encyclopedia of American Studies    
A reference resource containing general articles on American history and culture. An ideal starting point, especially for topics unfamiliar to you. The Encyclopedia addresses issues such as literature, art, photography, film, popular culture, architecture, consumer culture, urban studies, ethnicity, gender, race, economics, labor, social movements, politics, and global America. Part of Credo Reference package.
  • Coverage Range: All Volumes
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
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Encyclopedia of Geography    
Reflects how the growth of geography has propelled a demand for intermediaries between the abstract language of academia and the ordinary language of everyday life. Covers physical geography, human geography, nature and society, GIS, and the history of geography,
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
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Encyclopedia of Life    
This is still a work in progress, but it has the goal of providing an entry for every one of the 1.8 million known species. While the coverage is somewhat spotty, there is some wonderful content here.
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  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Encylopedia of Life (EOL)

 
Encyclopedia of Philosophy (E-Book)    
A new and updated edition of this multivolume set -- the first comprehensive new edition in almost 40 years. Containing material from hundreds of highly distinguished contributors representing the world's top universities and institutions, the second edition has a truly global perspective. It contains more than 2,100 entries Donald Borchert, Ed. 2nd ed. 10 vols.
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  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion    
Helps researchers examine the interconnections of politics and religion and understand how these two elemental institutions of society have combined to shape public discourse, affect social attitudes, spark and sustain collective action, and influence policy, especially during the past two centuries.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
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Encyclopedia of Popular Music    
Part of Oxford Music Online, this source covers popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music. Also includes popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies. An excellent first stop for scholarly research on popular music.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
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  • 3 Simultaneous Users

 
Encyclopedia of Religion in America    
This work examines how religious history and practices are woven into the political, social, cultural, and historical landscape of North America. It covers all the significant religious denominations and movements that have originated or flourished in North America, from the beginning of European settlement to the present day. The broad multidisciplinary coverage includes the religious life of indigenous peoples, specific aspects of religious life, and the relationship of political, social, economic, and cultural spheres.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)

 
Encyclopedia of Scientific Principles, Laws, and Theories    
Provides short explanations of different scientific principles, laws and theories.
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  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: ABC-CLIO
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Grove Art Online    
The definitive encyclopedia for art and art history. Grove Art includes thumbnail art images and line drawings, image links, and bibliographies.
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  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
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Grove Music Online    
The online version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. (For the 29 print volumes, see Reference ML100 .N48 2000.) The major part of Oxford Music Online, and the most comprehensive encyclopedia of music, including classical, popular, jazz and world music. This is the definitive starting point for research on composers and their works, musical periods and styles, music history and related performing arts. Allows 3 simultaneous users.
  • Coverage Range: Updated at least 3 times a year.
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  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
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  • 3 Simultaneous Users

 
Handbook of International Rivalries    
Examines the roughly 200 strategic rivalries—two states that view each other as threatening competitors to the point that they categorize their antagonists as enemies—that have been responsible for nearly 80 percent of the warfare of the past two hundred years. Delves into standardized narratives of the rivalries that include discussions of their origins, the levels of conflict achieved and the resolutions. Also includes a comprehensive bibliography and a chronological listing of rivalries by region, time and type. Gift of the Mary Moser Memorial Library Fund.
  • Coverage Range: N/A
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  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
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International Encyclopedia of Political Science    
Provides a definitive, comprehensive picture of all aspects of political life, recognizing the theoretical and cultural pluralism of our approaches and including findings from the far corners of the world. The eight volumes cover every field of politics, from political theory and methodology to political sociology, comparative politics, public policies, and international relations.
  • Coverage Range: copyright 2011
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
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International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences    
This digital version of the nine-volume set provides an overview of a variety of social science topics, as well as a bibliography and cross-linking to related topics. It also provides biographical information on scholars in social science fields.
  • Coverage Range: Regularly updated
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Literary Encyclopedia    
A global literary reference work providing authoritative profiles of authors and their literature, as well as literary theory.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Literary Dictionary Company Limited

 
Marquis Biographies Online    
Who’s Who features comprehensive profiles on more than1.4 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports. Subjects are identified for potential inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who by their in-house staff, by nomination from prominent people in the relevant field, and from nominations by professional associations & organizations. Unlike vanity look-alikes, Marquis Who’s Who has long been considered a respectable and credible source for basic factual biographical information.
  • Coverage Range: 1985-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Marquis Who's Who LLC

 
MedlinePlus    
Portal for finding reliable, up-to-date health information on the internet. Produced by the National Institutes of Health. A Spanish language version is available. Includes a drug information, medical encyclopedia and dictionary, medical news, and interactive health tutorials, and videos.
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  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

 
Merriam-Webster Online    
Online dictionary and thesaurus
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Merriam-Webster, Incorporated

 
OED (Oxford English Dictionary)    
The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. Under each term, definitions are listed in chronological order according to quotation evidence (earliest known usage). An unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million English words, past and present.
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
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Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History    
This online encyclopedia contains biographies of influential women and articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.
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  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
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Oxford Islamic Studies Online    
Brings together the best current scholarship in the field and promotes accurate and informed understanding of Islam and the Islamic world. This resource features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
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Political Handbook of the World    
Over 200 entries on countries and territories throughout the world that provide complete facts and analysis on each country’s governmental and political makeup. Offers extensive coverage of major, minor, and anti-systemic political parties in each political system around the world. It also provides names of key ambassadors and international memberships of each country, and profiles over 120 intergovernmental organizations.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
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St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture    
Focusing on popular culture in the United States. Major topics include: television, movies, theater, art, books, magazines, radio, music, sports, fashion, health, politics, trends, community life and advertising. Entries include bibliographies.
  • Coverage Range: 20th century to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy    
Definitive, peer-reviewed encyclopedia of philosophical concepts and biographies of philosophers.
  • Coverage Range: 1995 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Stanford University

 
World Almanac    
Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia and four almanacs. Provides basic information on a variety of topics.
  • Coverage Range: 1998-present
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: OCLC