Subject Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Special Education

Alternative Titles
Encyclopedia of special education : a reference for the education of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and other exceptional individuals
Description

The Third Edition of the highly acclaimed Encyclopedia of Special Education has been thoroughly updated to include the latest information about new legislation and guidelines. In addition, this comprehensive resource features school psychology, neuropsychology, reviews of new tests and curricula that have been developed since publication of the second edition in 1999, and new biographies of important figures in special education. Unique in focus, the Encyclopedia of Special Education, Third Edition addresses issues of importance ranging from theory to practice and is a critical reference for researchers as well as those working in the special education field.  The encyclopedia is edited by Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD, Texas A&M University and Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, EdD, University of Colorado.

Type
E-Book(s)
Encyclopedia
Coverage
3rd edition/2007
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11591
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World Christian Database (WCD)

Description

The WCD is updated quarterly. It includes detailed information on 9,000 Christian denominations and on religions in every country of the world. Extensive data are available on 238 countries and 13,000 ethno-linguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. This extraordinary database is an invaluable reference tool for professionals, scholars, students, agencies, health organizations, and news media. Information is readily available on religious activities, growth rates, religious literature, worker activity, and demography. Additional secular data is included on population, health, education, languages, and communication. All this information makes the WCD an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Christian and religious demography and the history of Christianity. Thousands of sources are evaluated and reviewed on a weekly basis by a professional staff dedicated to expanding and updating the WCD. There is no other resource completely focused on providing global statistics on World Christianity today.

Sources

  • A large majority of the data collected for the WCD comes from published and unpublished sources, field work, interviews, and questionnaires - Around 5,000 statistical questionnaires returned by churches and national collaborators over the period 1982-present
  • Field surveys and interviews on the spot in over 200 countries
  • A mass of unpublished documentation on all countries, collected on the fi eld, including reports, memoranda, photographs, maps, statistical summaries, and historical documents
  • Around 4,500 printed contemporary descriptions of churches, describing denominations, movements, countries and confessions
  • Officially-published reports of 500 government-organized national censuses of population
  • A series of in-depth interviews with bishops, church leaders, and theologians

Detailed Religious and Demographic Statistics include:

  • Global comparative fi gures for every major religion
  • Population and religious adherents for every country and United Nations region
  • Access to source material on religious affiliation (census and survey fi gures)
  • Breakdown of major religions into traditions (e.g. Sunni-Shi’as within Islam)
  • Multiple data points to compare growth rates (1900, 1950, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2025, 2050)
  • Feedback mechanism for users to comment on data, sources and methodology
  • Population and Adherents (for 1900, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2025, 2050)
  • Demographics (birth rate, adult percentage, life expectancy)
  • Health (HIV rates, access to water, mortality)
  • Education (literacy percentage, schools, universities)
  • Communication (scripture access, religious freedom)
  • Christian personnel
  • Evangelism rates
  • Status of missions work
  • Lists of Christian denominations in every country
  • Country, regional, and global estimates of Pentecostals and Charismatics
  • Status of Bible translation


Features and Benefits

  • 9,000 Denominations
  • 13,000 Ethnolinguistic Peoples
  • 5,000 Cities
  • 3,000 Provinces
  • 238 Countries
  • Quarterly updates
  • - Unique reference tool for professionals, scholars, students, agencies, news media
Type
Database
Statistics
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11569
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Religion Past and Present (RPP) Online

Alternative Titles
Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (RGG)
Brill Online Reference Works
Description

Religion Past and Present (RPP) Online is the online version of the updated English translation of the 4th edition of the definitive encyclopedia of religion worldwide: the peerless Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (RGG). This great resource, now available in English and Online, continues the tradition of deep knowledge and authority relied upon by generations of scholars in religious, theological, and biblical studies. Religion Past and Present indisputably belongs to the small class of essential reference works.

RPP Online will include ALL 13 volumes of the print edition and is automatically updated whenever a new volume has been published (2 volumes annually).

Features and Benefits
- Strongly international, cross-cultural and ecumenical, written by over 3,000 authors from 88 countries
- RGG has been a standard reference work since the publication of the first edition in 1908
- Covers an unparalleled breadth of subject matter in theological and biblical studies
- Up-to-date research and bibliographies make it an indispensable resource for all levels of users
- Interdisciplinary articles cover a wide range of topics from history, archaeology, liturgy, law, bible, music, visual arts, politics, social sciences, natural sciences, ethics and philosophy
- Over 15,000 entries and 8 million words
- Abstracts drawn from a wide range of journals in various languages
- Covers an array of complementary disciplines
- Continually updated with new entries

Type
E-Book(s)
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11567
Access
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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
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Subjects

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance

Alternative Titles
Careers and Vocational Guidance
Description

Provides detailed facts and current statistics for over 750 occupations in more than 90 key career fields. Contains more than 500 photographs.  This is the 15th edition of this 5 volume encyclopedia.

Volume 1 covers career guidance and career fields and includes topics such as:  Preparing for Your Career—presents information on choosing a career, starting a career, assessment tests, personal skills, occupational classification systems, training for job entry, and career development; Finding a Job—covers information on placement offices, job fairs, networking and references, searching the Web, and classified ads; Applying for a Job—gives information on résumés, cover letters, career portfolios and credentials, and interviewing; You're Hired—features information on salary and wages, fringe benefits, personnel management, employment laws, and employees' rights; an overview of the 94 industries covered, including in-depth information on computer software, construction, entrepreneurs, military services, telecommunications, trucking, and more; four sections covering the background, structure, and outlook of each career field; and additional resources for further investigation.

Volumes 2-5 contain articles on individual careers.  Each article/profile includes: Quick Facts—summarizes important facts; Overview—briefly defines the occupation; History—provides background on how the occupation developed; Job Description—offers an in-depth description of the types of specific jobs in the field; Job Requirements—discusses any necessary training or education; Exploring—suggests various ways to further explore the field; Employers—looks at who hires people in the industry; Starting Out—suggests where to look for employment; Advancement—tells how people can move up the ladder; Earnings—gives current salaries and wages; Work Environment—describes the work setting; Outlook—looks at the future growth of the career based on U.S. government projections; For More Information—presents a list of helpful organizations that can provide further information.

Type
E-Book(s)
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11477
Access
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Brill’s Encyclopedia of China

Alternative Titles
Brill’s Encyclopedia of China Online
http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/browse/encyclopedia-of-china
Description

Brill’s Encyclopedia of China Online is based on the originally a thousand-page reference work on China with a clear focus on the modern period from the mid-nineteenth century to the 21st century. Written by the world’s top scholars, Brill’s Encyclopedia of China is the first place to look for reliable information on the history, geography, society, economy, politics, science, and culture of China.

Type
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11461
Access
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Oxford Reference: Classical Studies

Alternative Titles
Classics collection at Oxford Reference Online (ORO)
Description

Includes full-text of the following reference works:

  • Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture
  • Oxford Classical Dictionary
  • Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
  • Oxford Companion to Classical Literature
  • Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary (English-Latin)
  • Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary (Latin-English)
  • Who's Who in the Classical World
Type
Dictionary
E-Book(s)
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11409
Access
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Motif-Index of Folk Literature

Alternative Titles
Stith Thompson
Description

Full-text version of : Thompson, Stith. Motif-index of folk-literature: a classification of narrative elements in folktales, ballads, myths, fables, mediaeval romances, exempla, fabliaux, jest-books, and local legends. Revised and enlarged edition. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1955-1958.

This venerable reference work is a subject index to folktales from around the world. Sources come from thousands of books and periodicals (see Bibliography). Indexed are the "folktale, the myth, the ballad, the fable, the mediaeval romance, the fabliau, the jest, the exemplum, and the local tradition" (Introduction, p. 11) from both literatry and oral traditions. Excluded are "superstitions, customs, religious beliefs, riddles, or proverbs, except as they happen to form an organic part of a narrative" (Introduction, p. 11).

One can use the left-hand facets to navigate through the book alphabetically by subject from Volume 1 through Volume 6. One also can use the Search box at the top of the page to word-search the entire six-volume work. Hyperlink crossreferences are provided to similar myths (e.g., "Animals have second sight" is crossreferenced to "Dwarfs predict"). Additionally, motif-index entries (e.g., "Dwarfs predict") provide references to source literature (e.g., "Irish myth: Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg; German: Pröhle Harzsagen No. 155, Bindewald 188").

Note: There also is a digital copy of the original six-volume set in HathiTrust: http://mirlyn.lib.umich.edu/Record/001276245

Type
E-Book(s)
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11407
Access
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Oxford Classical Dictionary, 4th ed. [Oxford Reference]

Alternative Titles
OCD
Description

Full text version of The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 4th ed. Edited by Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Over 6,700 entries

Unrivalled in scope for over sixty years, this established reference work has been thoroughly updated for this edition to reflect modern scholarship. Written by distinguished scholars from around the world, it covers all aspects of the classical world from literature and history to religion, science, and archaeology.

As well as providing factual information, the Dictionary contains many thematic entries on subjects relevant to the 21st century such as nationalism, race, gender, and ecology. Anthropology and reception have been added as new subject areas, covering topics such as creolization and kinship, as well as dance reception and translation.

The most authoritative and accessible dictionary of its kind, this is an essential reference for both scholars and non-specialists with an interest in the classical era.

 

Type
E-Book(s)
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11405
Access
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Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd ed. [InteLex]

Alternative Titles
OCD
Description

Full text version of The Oxford Classical Dictionary, Third Edition. Edited by Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

An authoritative one-volume guide to all aspects of the ancient world - political, economic, philosophical, religious, artistic, and social.

Six thousand entries ranging from long articles to brief identifications, readers can find information on virtually any topic of interest—athletics, bee-keeping, botany, magic, Roman law, religious rites, postal service, slavery, navigation, and the reckoning of time. The Dictionary profiles every major figure of Greece and Rome, from Homer and Virgil, to Plato and Aristotle, to Tacitus and Thucydides, to Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. (The Oxford Classical Dictionary also covers many important but lesser known figures who will not be found in other reference works.) Readers will find entries on mythological and legendary figures, on major cities, famous buildings, and important geographical landmarks, and on legal, rhetorical, literary, and political terms and concepts. Equally important, the Oxford Classical Dictionary features extensive thematic articles that offer superb coverage of topics of interest to both scholars and general readers, exploring everything from medicine and mathematics to music, law, and marriage.

Type
E-Book(s)
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11403
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