Encyclopedia

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

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Introduction1

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 often by subject — Webster

Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, OneLook

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

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

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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)

Encyclopaedias : their history throughout the ages: a bibliographical guide with extensive historical notes to the general encyclopaedias issued throughout the world from 350 b.c. to the present day (Robert Lewis Collison)
History of Encyclopedias (Encyclopædia Britannica)
List of Historical Encyclopedias (Wikipedia)

Quotation

Quotations Page

Library

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

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Participation

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

Education

Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

News

Britannica Stories (Encyclopædia Britannica)
NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

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

Fun

Encyclopedia TV Series (Wikipedia)
Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia (Tim Hunkin)
Cartoon, with A to Z drawings by Tim Hunkin illustrating topics like animals, geography, science, and history.
Check out his entry for “Encyclopaedia

Fiction

Fictional encyclopedias (Wikipedia)

Poem

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.