Welcome to the Encyclopedia (or Encyclopaedia, if you prefer that spelling) page. I have used the spelling 'Encyclopedia' as that seems to be the most common usage on the Internet. You will find a wealth of links here to a multiplicity of subjects and topics.
According to Chambers 20th Century Dictionary, the word 'Encyclopedia' means the circle of human knowledge. Indeed, 'to have an encyclopedic knowledge' is to have knowledge over a vast range of subject matter. However, in this section you will find not only general encyclopedias but also specialist ones dealing, in much more detail, with a whole range of topics from African music to Zoroastrianism.
One of the best general sources at present is Wikipedia, an on-line encyclopedia that you can actually add to or write articles for so that it has now become a world-wide collaboration. If you perform a Google search for a general topic you will often find Wikipedia fairly near the top of the list.
Feel free to browse through the many links below and I'm sure that you'll find something to fascinate you or, if you are anything like me, you'll begin with one topic and end up reading about something else which is totally unrelated an hour or so later. It's almost like having a set of encyclopedias in front of you and randomly browsing through the pages until something catches your eye.
You will find medical encyclopedias listed here. Never rely simply on your own diagnosis of an illness or disease. Always consult a qualified medical practitioner.
A: African music Alternative medicine Antiques Atmosphere B: BBC - h2g2 Bible Biographies Black holes British films British history British television C: Cajun culture Canada Canadian music Car care Cartoons Catholicism Celts Cheese Children's health Computer spyware Computer terms 1 Computer terms 2 Computer viruses Countries Crime Crusades D: Death and dying Diseases Dogs E: Educational technology Email hoaxes Encarta Engineering Engineering processes European orchids F: Fantastic film + TV Fashion Food and culture G: Genetic disorders Geography Geology H: Holocaust Health Heart and strokes Herbs for health History I: Islam J: Judaism 1 Judaism 2 L: Literature M: Marine life Martial arts Mathematics 1 Mathematics 2 Mental disorders Middle-earth Motorbikes Mountains Movies Music 1 Music 2 Myths and folklore N: Neurology New age New Zealand Nursing O: Occult Orchids Orient P: Philosophy 1 Philosophy 2 Plants Probert encyclopedia Psychology Public health Q: Quotations R: Religion Religion facts Robert Burns Roman emperors S: Science 1 Science 2 Signs and symbols Small businesses Spices Sports cars Storms and floods Surgery Sustainable development T: Titanic Tobacco Travel U: Unusual / unexplained W: World war 1 Y: Yoga Z: Zoroastrianism
African Music - Everything you need to know about African music, singers and players. Contains a section of useful links to virtually everything concerning African music from magazines and music stores to newsgroups and festivals. An excellent site. Highly recommended.
AllRefer.com - Although not encyclopaedic in its content the topics cover a broad spectrum and are well written. Certainly worth a look at.
Alternative Medicine - The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (GEAM) is a one-stop source for alternative medical information that covers complementary therapies, herbs and remedies, and common medical diseases and conditions. It avoids medical jargon, making it easier for the layperson to use. Highly recommended.
Antiques - Includes biographies, clocks and watches, furniture, glass, metals, pottery and porcelain and textiles.
Art - Artcyclopedia has over 9,000 artists listed, 2,900 art sites indexed and 160,000 links. If you can't find what you are looking for here I'd give up and have a beer.
Astronautica - The most complete resource for space history.
Atmospheric Environment - The Encyclopedia is a one-stop source of information, for younger and older users alike, on a range of atmospheric issues, including air quality, acid rain, global warming and ozone depletion.
Bible - The Christian Answers Web Bible Encyclopedia is a treasure trove of quickly-accessible Bible facts: over 4,100 articles and definitions (and growing). It includes over 96,000 cross-referenced hyperlinks to the Bible, definitions, meanings of words and answers from biblical experts. Highly recommended.
Biography - An exhaustive collection of biographies from around the world covering pop stars to politicians, religious figures to business moguls.
Black Holes (1) - Information and photographs of known black holes.
Black Holes (2) - Fascinating facts about black holes. Includes some good animations. Highly recommended.
Botanics - Contains descriptions and tips on plants from annuals to wildflowers. It also has a section on pests and diseases.
British Film - An exhaustive encyclopedia of the British film industry containing well-written articles on the actors and actresses, the studios and, of course, the films. Highly recommended.
British History 1500 - 1980 - Also contains links to encyclopedias on American history, the first and second world wars, Germany, France slavery and other areas. A very good resource for teachers.
British Television - Stroll down memory lane as you sift through through this excellent site - from the 1930s to the present.
Burns - 'A must for Burns lovers' is how The Robert Burns Encyclopedia was hailed when it first appeared in the bi-centenary year, 1959. This Internet version, as a guide to readers of the poet's poems and letters and as a reference source to his life, his work and Burns scholarship, is invaluable. It also provides a fascinating Scottish backcloth to the eighteenth century.
Business - From Entrepreneur.com. Useful advice covering Starting your Business, Marketing, Sales, Advertising and many other topics. Essential reading if you are just starting a venture.
Cajun Culture - Everything you ever wanted to know about Cajun culture from Abbeville to Zydeco.
Canada - The Canadian Encyclopedia comprises the complete text and multimedia of the indispensable reference work originally published in 1985. Since the encyclopedia appeared online in 2001, it has been continuously updated and expanded.
Cars - A by no means complete encyclopedia of cars from around the world. It's still well worth taking a look at if you are into cars.
Car Care - Look up maintenance recommendations, learn how your carís major systems work and more with this complete car care reference manual. Adapted from Chiltonísģ Easy Car Care.
Cartoons - from Toonopedia. Everything about your favourite cartoons and their characters.
Catholicism (1) - Designed to present its readers with the full body of Catholic teaching, the encyclopedia contains not only precise statements of what the Church has defined, but also an impartial record of different views of acknowledged authority on all disputed questions. In all things the object of the encyclopedia is to give the whole truth without prejudice, national, political or factional. In the determination of the truth the most recent and acknowledged scientific methods are employed, and the results of the latest research in theology, philosophy, history, apologetics, archeology, and other sciences are given careful consideration.
Celtic - A very comprehensive guide to the Celts.
Cheese - A look at cheeses from around the world from Argentina to the USA and from Abondance to Zamorano. If you're into cheese, this is the place to visit.
Children's Health - The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy Through Adolescence (GECH) is a one-stop source for medical information that covers common and rare diseases and medical conditions, immunizations and drugs, procedures, and developmental issues. It particularly addresses parents' concerns about their children's health from before birth through age 18.
Computer Terms - From the nice people at PC Magazine. An excellent resource for anything to do with computers.
Computer Spyware - A comprehensive site from CA (formerly Computer Associates).. It tells you all you need to know about all forms of computer spyware from Adware to Zoo Virus.
Country Information - Again, not exactly an encyclopedia but still an excellent initial resource for the business traveler or tourist.
Crime - From Assassinations to Sex Crimes, this one has it all. Were Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon involved in the assassination of Robert Kennedy? Was Richard Nixon connected to the mafia? Was Marilyn Monroe murdered? Maybe the truth lies here.
Crusades - Over 900 Encyclopedia Entries, Over 300 Secondary Sources, Over 200 Primary Sources. A comprehensive look at the crusades from the aspects of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
Death and Dying - Feeling morbid? Feed your mind on this site.
Disease Reference - A comprehensive listing of diseases, their causes, incidence and risk factors.
Dogs - Despite its garish colour scheme and frequent spelling mistakes, this is a good source of information for any person who owns, wants to own, or is owned by a dog. From choosing a dog and naming it, training and looking after it, to doggy ailments this is an excellent source of information. My dogs love it!
Earth - A comprehensive, well-illustrated encyclopedia that is very easy to understand.
Educational Technology - The Encyclopedia of Educational Technology is a collection of short multimedia articles on a variety of topics related to the fields of instructional design and education and training.
Email Hoaxes - We've all had them - the email that tells you to forward it to 20 of your friends or you will have good/bad luck, or that Bill Gates will give you part of his personal fortune for taking part in a new Hotmail test. A virus hoax has only one purpose in life and that is to spread to as many people as possible. Quite the same goal as viruses, some might say. Don't be fooled into forwarding a hoax "to everyone you know". They are a waste of time and it will make you look silly! Highly recommended.
Encyclopedia.com - Encyclopedia.com has over 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins and abbreviations. Highly recommended.
Engineering Processes - An encyclopedia of engineering processes involving shaping, machining, joining and surface treatments of metals, ceramics and polymers. From Cambridge University, England.
Fact Monster - More than just an encyclopedia it contains a dictionary, atlas, almanac and timeline together with a host of other features and topics. It even has a section to help children with their homework. Ideal for children and adults alike.
Fantastic Film and Television - Welcome to the largest and fastest growing online resource for all things science fiction, horror, fantasy and animation in film and television!
Fashion - Comprehensive articles on styles, designers and more. One for the girls.
First World War - The site offers an A to Z listing of all manner of World War I material. The encyclopedia currently includes some 3,100 entries.
Food and Culture - The Encyclopedia of Food and Culture is all about food: a single authoritative source about the most essential element of daily life. Here you will find articles by food historians, anthropologists, chefs and bakers, nutritionists and dieticians, farmers, agronomists and horticulturists, food stylists, and specialists in the culinary arts.
Genetic Disorders - The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders is a unique and invaluable source for information regarding diseases and conditions of a genetic origin. This collection of nearly 400 entries provides in-depth coverage of disorders ranging from exceedingly rare to very well-known. In addition, several non-disorder entries have been included to facilitate understanding of common genetic concepts and practices such as Chromosomes, Genetic counseling, and Genetic testing.
Geography - Modern geography is a diverse discipline that draws influence from almost every other arena of knowledge. Geographers engage with other disciplines according to their particular research interests and, while subjects such as biology and economics have a powerful influence, there are geographers who use concepts taken from subjects such as sociology, psychology and sports science, among many others.
Geology - Geology (from Greek γη- (ge-, "the earth") and λογος (logos, "word", "reason")) is the science and study of the Earth, its composition, structure, physical properties, history and the processes that shape it. It is one of the Earth sciences.
GLBTQ - The world's largest encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture. With the number of European monarchs included it's a wonder that there are any European royal families left.
Greek mythology - Excellent illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology.
h2g2 - h2g2's inspiration comes from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the best-selling book by the late Douglas Adams (who was one of the original founders of the site). It is an unconventional guide to life, the universe and everything, an encyclopaedic project where articles are written by people from all over the world. h2g2 was launched in April 1999, and the BBC took over the running of the site in February 2001 as part of their drive to develop new and innovative on-line services. Highly recommended.
Heart and Stroke - From the American Heart Association. An excellent resource on the subjects of heart ailments and strokes.
Health - From the National Health Service in the UK. Everything you wanted to know about conditions, tests, treatments, operations and services. Highly recommended.
Herbal - This site may answer some of your herbal healing questions, and other questions you may have regarding medicinal herbs and their many uses. It is not meant to be a substitute for seeking the advice of a qualified physician or health professional, and the information given within is not meant to replace prescription medicines without the proper guidance. Also contains herbal remedies for pets! Highly recommended.
History (1) - From the History Channel. A searchable, highly comprehensive, database of world history. Highly recommended.
Holidays and Festivals - Find out the dates of most holidays and festivals from around the world. It includes interesting background information in some cases.
Holocaust - During World War II, Nazi Germany and its collaborators murdered approximately six million Jews. The Holocaust is the name used to refer to this systematic, bureaucratic, and state-sponsored campaign of persecution and murder. Beginning with racially discriminatory laws in Germany, the Nazi campaign expanded to the mass murder of all European Jews.
During the era of the Holocaust, the Nazis also targeted other groups because of their perceived "racial inferiority": Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals.
Islam - Don't be put off by the simple initial interface. Click on a box and the tree will expand into further topics. Very well written accounts and explanations.
Jazz Musicians - Jazz.com is more than an encyclopedia of musicians (living or gone to the great gig in the sky). If you are into jazz you'll find lots on this site to keep you interested.
Jewish Women - A comprehensive encyclopedia of prominent Jewish women through the ages, from biblical times to the present.
Judaism 101 - A comprehensive introduction to the world of Judaism.
Judaism - This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.
Library (virtual) - Although not, in essence, a true encyclopedia this site offers many topics and hundreds of sub-topics through links to sites, papers and other areas of knowledge. It gives you access to literally thousands of sources on subjects ranging from agriculture to society and topics as varied as irrigation, cryptography, languages and anthropology. Highly recommended.
Literary - The Literary Encyclopedia is an expanding global literary reference work written by over 1,400 specialists from universities around the world, and currently provides over 3550 authoritative profiles of authors, works and literary and historical topics. Many of the major articles run to 2,000 -2,500 words but only the first 600 words can be read unless you subscribe to the site.
Marine Life of Britain and Ireland - A colourful look at the species to be found in the seas around Britain and Ireland. Be careful next time you go swimming!
Martial Arts - This is the internet's premier martial arts website and has thousands of pages of martial arts information.
Mathematics - Everything from Algebra to Trigonometry. Contains many illustrations to assist in understanding the topics and all of the formulae you need.
MathWorld - The web's most extensive mathematics resource (or that's what it says on the site).
Mental Disorders - Think you're going nuts? Take a look at this site to see if it's true or imaginary. An excellent, well written site.
Middle-Earth - For hobbit fans everywhere. A work in progress - be patient!
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Motorbikes - Alas, like the car section, this site only contains more modern motorbikes. However, there are links to concept cars and bikes and other interesting trivia.
Mountains - The Peakware World Mountain Encyclopedia gives comprehensive coverage of the world's peaks and includes live cams, maps, routes and climbing history.
Movies - This site is a goldmine for people who want to look up information on movies and actors/actresses. Not listed as an encyclopedia but an excellent source of knowledge on this subject.
Musical instruments - An excellent site taking an in-depth look at the world of instruments.
Music (1) - Although not listed as an encyclopedia this site is encyclopedic in its scope. Explore music by genre and artist for in-depth, well written articles.
Music (2) - The Baker's student encyclopedia of music is comprehensive in its range but light in its articles. Ideal for students wanting a brief overview.
Music in Canada - The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada describes the full breadth and depth of Canadaís musical culture, including the historical and current aspects of popular, folk, religious, concert and other forms of music.
Musicweb - There are nearly 4,000 entries, most for performers, but also for songwriters, producers and record labels: there are potted histories of the contributories such as Minstrelsy, Ragtime, Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Country music, Rock and Roll, etc. An extremely well-written site and a mine of information. Highly recommended.
Mythica - This is the award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. Here you will find everything from A-gskw to Zveda Vechanyaya, with plenty in between.
Mystical - Not exactly an encyclopedia but an interesting site which will answer your questions about Astrology, the Kabbalah, symbols and Tarot cards, amongst other things. There's also the Bizant Video Alter - a looped video that you can watch which offers relaxing sounds of the wind, birds and wind chimes. I'm afraid it didn't do much for me.
Neurological Diseases - The Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders (GEND) is a one-stop source for medical information that covers diseases, syndromes, drugs, treatments, therapies, and diagnostic equipment. It keeps medical jargon to a minimum, making it easier for the layperson to use.
New Age - Whether you are new to the investigation of the mysteries of the mind and the universe, or have followed spiritual practices for years, you will find the Llewellyn Encyclopedia to be the most authoritative source for accurate and in-depth information on a wide variety of subjects.
New World Encyclopedia - An excellent general resource. Highly recommended.
New Zealand - In Maori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. Through interlinking image trails, the encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery.
Nursing and Allied Health - The Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health is a unique and invaluable source of information for the nursing or allied health student. This collection of over 850 entries provides in-depth coverage of specific diseases and disorders, tests and procedures, equipment and tools, body systems, nursing and allied health professions, and current health issues. Highly recommended.
Occult - The Occultpedia is the premier internet index of the paranormal, occult and inexplicable. In addition to being the foremost on-line destination for information about the supernatural, unusual phenomena and the occult, Occultpedia also features a variety of resources for the pagan community, new age buffs, unexplained phenomena enthusiasts, curious minds, and skeptics as well.
Orchids of Europe and the Mediterranean - A colourful site showing the different varieties of orchids to be found in Europe and the Mediterranean.
Orient - Everything you ever needed to know from Abadan to Zurvanism. This encyclopedia covers the middle-eastern kingdoms, their history, religions and peoples in great detail.
Peakware - A comprehensive guide to the world's mountains. It contains a map where you can zoom in to find a particular mountain, photographs and geographical and climbing information.
Philosophy - Most of the articles in The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy are original contributions by specialized philosophers around the Internet. Others are temporary, or "proto articles," and have largely been adapted from public domain sources. An excellent source of knowledge.
Philosophy - From its inception, the SEP was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished editorial board before they are made public. Consequently, this dynamic reference work maintains academic standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research.
Plants - A searchable database of plants produced by Plant Press Ltd. and Susan A Tindall. Excellent descriptions and photographs.
Pollution issues - Everything you ever wanted to know about pollution.
Probert Encyclopedia - A truly independent reference encyclopedia of over 235,000 concise and fully interlinked articles, illustrated with over 13,000 pictures, covering all aspects of human knowledge from the arts to warfare. From natural history to computer viruses. From the plays of Shakespeare to historic and contemporary slang.
Progressive Rock - A goldmine of information on the prog rock genre. Browsing through this site brought back some happy memories of my favourite late 60's and 70's bands; yes, I'm an aged (ancient) hippy.
Psychology - Not a brilliant site by any means. However it gives hundreds of links to most topics of a psychological nature including 81 links on the psychology of children (which may prove useful to parents and teachers).
Public Health - Public health consists of the activities of a society that protect and advance the health of its people. Public health resources consist of a set of scientific disciplines, practical skills, and beliefs (values) that are directed to the maintenance and improvement of people's health through collective or social action; as well as the political will that is necessary to mobilize resources and people in support of the agencies that carry out the activities.
Quotations - Search more than 60,000 famous quotes throughout history, or start browsing by popular authors or categories.
Religion - A collection of hundreds of definitions and illustrated encyclopedia articles on religion, spirituality, philosophy, and other supernatural terms and concepts. Here you can find informative, balanced, introductions to religions old and new, sacred places, religious concepts, historical events, doctrines, religious rituals and practices, philosophers, religious leaders, paranormal phenomenon, gods and goddesses, and much more.
Religion Facts - An interesting site offering 'just the facts' on a number of world religions, both old and new, and ways of life. Take a quick look and you'll be hooked on this site for hours.
Roman Rulers and Their Families - The Imperial Index: The Rulers of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Constantine XI Palaeologus.
Science (1) - An excellent resource for the major sciences.
Science (2) - Highly recommended.
Science and Engineering Encyclopedia - An excellent source of information on all the major sciences plus engineering.
Signs and Ideograms (western) - Contains more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics. It is interesting to note that a number of the symbols listed owe their ancestry to alchemy.
Silver marks, Hallmarks and Makers Marks - A comprehensive guide to marks used around the world.
Spices - If you are into cooking then you must be into spices. This site not only tells you about various spices but also give you tips on storing them, using them in cooking and also their medicinal uses. An excellent site well worth looking at. Highly recommended.
Sports Cars - An encyclopedia of modern sports cars showing specifications and, in some cases, reviews plus a smattering of rare and classic beasts. Alas, no Frog-Eyed Sprite or MG Midget!
Storms - This is the place that can answer your questions on severe and extreme weather. It covers the basics and some notable examples of Mother Nature's handiwork.
Surgery - The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers is a unique and invaluable source of information for anyone who is considering undergoing a surgical procedure, or has a loved one in that situation. This collection of 465 entries provides in-depth coverage of specific surgeries, diagnostic tests, drugs, and other related entries. The book gives detailed information on 265 surgeries; most include step-by-step illustrations to enhance the reader's understanding of the procedure itself. Highly recommended.
Sustainable Development - The encyclopedia is a one-stop source of information on sustainable development containing many fascinating topics.
Syria - Quite a good introduction to Syria and things Middle-Eastern.
TechWeb - A searchable database of over 20,000 IT terms, including a lot of historic fact. If you have a computer-related term you are unsure of then this is the place to look.
Titanica - Contains a biography for every person, passenger or crew, who traveled on the Titanic. A fascinating insight into the lives of the people who unfortunately experienced the most famous sinking in history. Highly recommended.
Tobacco - Mainly aimed at the anti-smoking lobby this site has some interesting links to other sites that promote the enjoyment of (say) a good cigar. Recommended if you feel the need to give up the habit.
Tolkien - An excellent personal project by Mark Fisher to document the works of J R R Tolkien in a searchable database. Very well presented.
Travel - A comprehensive travel encyclopedia from PlanetWare. It includes useful travel information on most countries of the world. Highly recommended.
Uniform Insignia - An amazing volume of military, government and other insignia from around the world.
Unusual and Unexplained - Everything from Afterlife Mysteries to Invaders from Outer Space. The truth is out there, somewhere!
Veterinary Medical Information for Cats and Dogs - An excellent source of information for if Tiddles or Rover is looking under the weather, but please don't rely on this alone if your pet doesn't improve within a short period of time..
Virus hoaxes - Virus hoaxes, scams and chain letters abound in email. Before sending that dire sounding email or too good to be true promise, check the validity of it here. Chances are, it's a hoax.
Virus List - Computer virus encyclopedia. All you ever wanted to learn about viruses, worms, trojans and other malware. Essential reading if you want to keep your computer up and running and free of gremlins.
Water - You might not think there is much to know about water but this site is a veritable goldmine of information from fresh to brackish to sea water and everything associated with them. Very interesting.
Wikipedia - This has got to be the daddy of them all. This on-line encyclopedia is available in multiple languages and has 3,225,807 articles in the English language section as I write this. It is an encyclopedia written by many people around the world and YOU are invited to contribute or edit topics and articles, thus it is truly global in its nature. The site contains not only the encyclopedia but also a dictionary and thesaurus, free text books and manuals, free learning materials, news, a directory of species and a directory of quotations amongst other things. Maybe all you will ever need. Very highly recommended.
World housing - An encyclopedia of housing construction in seismically active areas of the world.
Yahoo! Kids Encyclopedia - A good resource for children but be careful they don't end up playing games!
Yoga - All you need to know about yoga from this excellent site in New Zealand.
Zoroastrianism - Don't be put off by the simple initial interface. The site has very well written accounts and explanations.