Encyclopedia

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Order, unity and continuity are human inventions just as truly as encyclopedias. — Bertrand Russell

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Introduction1

Ami Schroder (YouTube Channel)

Dictionary

encyclopedia : a work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or treats comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge usually in articles arranged alphabetically — Webster   See also OneLook

Encyclopedia 2

Encyclopaedia is a reference work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or that treats a particular branch of knowledge in a comprehensive manner. — Encyclopædia Britannica

Encyclopaedistics or encyclopaedics as a discipline, is the academic scholarship of encyclopedias as sources of encyclopedic knowledge and cultural objects as well; in this sense, this discipline is also known as “encyclopaedia studies” and can be termed as “theoretical encyclopaediography” by analogy with theoretical lexicography. Encyclopaedistics as a practical activity (profession or business) also called “encyclopaedic practice” is the process of assembling encyclopaedias available to the public for sale or for free (encyclopaedia publishing or practical encyclopediography). In this sense, it is the art or craft of writing, compiling, and editing the paper or online encyclopedias. — Wikipedia

Other Online Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia (Columbia Encyclopedia, Information Please)
Encyclopedia (Encyclopedia.com)

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Innovation

Commerce

Entrepreneurship

Encyclopedia Campaigns (Kickstarter)
Encyclopedia Campaigns (Indiegogo)

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Preservation

Encyclopædias bulging with lore
(Gallimaufries of facts to explore,
Alphabetically stored,
Comprehensively broad)
Were a staple of sales (door-to-door). — Rusty

History

The controversial origins of the Encyclopedia (Addison Anderson, TED-ED)

Library

Melvil Decimal System # 030 General Encyclopedias (Library Thing)
Library of Congress # AE Encyclopaedia (UPenn Online Books)

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Writing an Encyclopaedia Entry (Phil Davies, Writing Together Bangor)

Education

TEENS REACT (REACT, YouTube Playlist)
REACT MEDIA (Official Website)

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

News

Britannica Spotlight (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Book

Kister’s Best Encyclopedias : A Comparative Guide to General and Specialized Encyclopedias (Kenneth F Kister)

Encyclopedia (ISBNdb)

Government

Document

Encyclopedia (USA.gov)

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Expression

Fun

Curious Archive (YouTube Channel)

Look Inside the Extremely Rare Codex Seraphinianus, the Weirdest Encyclopedia Ever (Andrea Girolami, Wired)

Humor

Encyclopaedia (Tim Hunkin, The Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia)

Poem

Creating a dictionary’s spurred
By an urge to define every word;
While for topics unbounded
A large and well-grounded
Encyclopaedia’s often preferred. — Roger Vick

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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Related

Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Knowledge Form

Introduction Discipline

Reference Dictionary, Thesaurus, Glossary, Encyclopedia, Outline, Guide

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Notes

1.   The resources on this page are are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma.

2.   The information on this page was initially developed in the year 2000 while Mary E. Hopper was taking a course entitled LS407 Reference/Information Services at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. It was a legendary, very rigorous course taught by Dr. Allen Smith.