General Encyclopedias

Online Index to Hatcher Graduate Library Reference Books

Alternative Titles
HathiTrust Digital Library: UMich Hatcher Graduate Reference
Grad Ref, GL Ref, GLRF
Description

This "featured collection" in the HathiTrust Digital Library makes it possible to search the full text of most of the print books in the Hatcher Graduate Library's Reference Collection (about 7,500 works in about 15,000 print volumes), including most of the books shelved in the Reference Reading Room and at the Information and Reference Center on the second floor. 

For the 20% of materials covered that are in the public domain, the full text of the reference work can be viewed online.  The other 80% of works covered that remain in copyright are "Search Only," meaning that the full text cannot be viewed online, but search results indicate on which page(s) of the volume a match with the search terms occurs, so one can then retrieve the print volume and know to what page(s) to turn to locate the search terms in the printed text. 

Note:  No reference works published since 2010 are covered by this index.  Neither are reference works that the library has acquired only in online form.  This is an index to print reference works only.

 

Type
Article Index
Dictionary
Directory
E-Book(s)
Encyclopedia
Handbook
Search Engine
Statistics
Coverage
Selected print reference books published between 1850 and 2009.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11513
Access
Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
Subjects

Looking for World Book Online?

After reviewing the use and cost of World Book Online in comparison to other resources we have available online, the University Library decided to cancel our online subscription to World Book Encyclopedia effective November 1, 2011.

The University Library provides online access to several other resources that have content similar to what can be found in World Book:

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (also available in Mobile version)

Academic Edition, with ten times the content of the free web version, including hundreds of articles not found in the print edition, plus Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, and the Britannica Book of the Year (1994- ), with thousands of web links selected by editors.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Provides online access to the complete full text of over 100 reference works from Gale, Macmillan, and other publishers, including an extensive collection of subject specific encyclopedias.

In addition, World Book Encyclopedia is still available in print format in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library reference collection.

If you have questions or concerns about this decision, please contact the University Library’s General Reference & Popular Press Electronic Resources Team at grpp@umich.edu

Page maintained by Scott Dennis
Last modified: 03/22/2013

World Book Encyclopedia

Alternative Titles
World Book Advanced, Worldbook
Description

General encyclopedia with 26,000+ articles (8,000 more articles than print edition) plus 12,000+ pictures and maps, 100+ videos and animations, 10,000 sounds (including pronunciations), and 7,000 links to editor-approved Web sites. Also includes the World Book Dictionary with 248,000 definitions, the World Book Atlas with 750 maps, and the full text of primary source documents, major literary works, and selected recent articles from magazines.

Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
Latest edition. Continuously updated.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/10293
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Alternative Titles
GVRL
Description

Provides online access to the complete full text of over 100 reference works from Gale, Macmillan, and other publishers. Includes: African American Almanac, Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Datapedia of the U.S., Dictionary of American History, Encyclopedia Judaica, Encylopedia of Religion, Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, World Press Encyclopedia, and many more. Articles can be displayed in HTML with active hyperlinks, or as PDF facsimiles of pages from the original print edition. Individual titles are arranged by subject category (see keywords below), and also appear in Search Tools and Mirlyn separately. Searching can be done within an individual title, or across the entire collection.

Type
Dictionary
Directory
E-Book(s)
Encyclopedia
Coverage
Recent editions.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/10205
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Encyclopædia Britannica

Alternative Titles
Encyclopædia Britannica Online (Academic Edition)
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
EB
Description

Encyclopaedia Britannica's latest article database (including hundreds of articles not found in the print edition), Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, and the Britannica Book of the Year (1994- ), with thousands of web links selected by editors.

Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
Current Academic Edition. Updated daily.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9491
Mobile Version
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Europa World Plus

Alternative Titles
The Far East and Australasia; The Middle East and North Africa; South America, Central America and the Caribbean; South Asia; The USA and Canada; Western Europe
EWP; Europaworld; EW; Europa World Year Book; EWYB; Europa Regional Surveys of the World; Africa South of the Sahara; Central and South-Eastern Europe; Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia;
Description
Online version of the Europa World Year Book and all nine volumes of the Europa Regional Surveys of the World series, containing detailed political, economic, and geographic information on over 250 countries and territories, including recent statistics, directory information, and current analysis. Plus thousands of directory contact details with click-through web links and a comprehensive listing of some 1,900 international organizations. Additional features include: the ability directly to compare multinational statistics in graph and tabular form; interactive visual features, including maps, flags and downloadable graphs; an extensive directory of research institutes specializing in each region; book and periodical bibliographies of further research; and more.
Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
Current edition, with ability to download earlier editions from 2006 onward.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9453
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Oxford Reference Online

Alternative Titles
ORO
Description

Fully indexed, cross-searchable database of about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. Includes subject reference works in the humanities, social sciences, and science.

Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
Includes latest editions of reference works published in recent years.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8863
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

The Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project

Description

An ongoing collaborative and searchable English language translation of the original Encyclopédie edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert. Individual articles are linked to the original French edition maintained by ARTFL.

First published over the course of more than twenty years (1751-1777), the 32 volumes of the Encyclopédie include 21 volumes of text with more than 70,000 articles on subjects ranging from asparagus to zodiac. The remaining 11 volumes contain beautifully engraved plates illustrating many of the articles.

The Encyclopédie was the major achievement of the French Enlightenment whose aim, in Diderot's words, was to "change the common way of thinking" through the expansion of knowledge and the development of critical modes of thought. The Encyclopédie was a collaborative project, the work of a "society of men of letters," as its title page declared. By the time the last volume was published, more than 140 people had contributed articles to its pages. In the same spirit, this website is a collaborative effort of volunteer translators who share an interest in the Enlightenment and a belief in the value of making freely available to English readers articles from the Encyclopédie. The articles you will find here reflect the interests and expertise of the translators. Although we cannot hope to translate all 70,000 articles, we will continue to post new translations as they come in. This is an ongoing project to which we hope many more people will contribute.

For students and teachers, the Encyclopédie is a crucial resource as well as an important gateway into the project of Enlightenment. The Collaborative Translation Website allows you to browse articles that have been translated and to search the database of translations in a variety of ways. You will also find links to the original French versions of translated articles.

Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
18th Century
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8785
Access
Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
Subjects

Information Please Almanac

Alternative Titles
Infoplease.com
Description
Web site for the popular compilations of facts and statistics covering politics, current events, geography, history, business, sports, entertainment, weather, science, health, etc. Includes the Columbia Encyclopedia, a dictionary, and resources for kids.
Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
Current edition.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8703
Access
Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
Subjects
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