Order, unity and continuity are human inventions just as truly as encyclopedias. — Bertrand Russell
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
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
Encyclopædias bulging with lore
(Gallimaufries of facts to explore,
Were a staple of sales (door-to-door). — Rusty
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
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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.