Multcolib Central Picks: Our favorite encyclopedias
Annotation:Provides an excellent overview of all American automobiles from 1930 to 1990, with photographs of every model and year, as well as production numbers, interesting trivia and facts, and some very knowledgeable commentary. -Jan C.
Annotation:A well-conceived reference guide to a subject that is often ignored elsewhere: cohesive national and ethnic groups that are without nations or significant self-determination. -Emily-Jane D.
Annotation:My goodness, the human brain is complicated! Whenever I’m researching or wondering about a mental disorder or condition, this encyclopedia is where I like to start. -Ross B.
Annotation:It’s hard to judge if websites on religion are partisan, neutral, informational, or proselytizing. Most religions are represented in the US and the information found in this book can be relied on. The other Melton titles on religion are also useful. -Janet I.
Annotation:The coverage is extensive; it contains numerous, useful maps; each entry includes a bibliography and cross references other entries; the information is presented in a concise but informative manner. -Rod M.
Annotation:A fascinating encyclopedia entirely of concepts, covering many subjects, historic and contemporary. Perfect when a book might be too long (or checked out) and a dictionary entry too short! Global in scope and useful for students and adult readers. -Beverly S.
Annotation:Wondering about the archaeological work that has been done in Acapulco? Interested in the mythology of Kaho’Olawe, Hawai’i? Fascinated by pearl diving in Dubai? Go no further, this detailed encyclopedia can help. -Emily-Jane D.
Annotation:Many encyclopedias about all kinds of specialized topics are included in Gale Virtual Reference Library.
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The word “encyclopedia” is believed to have come from the Greek “enkyklios paideia,” meaning a circle of learning or a well-rounded education. And that’s what an encyclopedia is: a book that has comprehensive information, either generally or about a specific topic. The articles in encyclopedias are overviews, quick to read and easy to understand, and they are great when you are just beginning to learn about something. Here are a few of the Central librarians’ favorite encyclopedias. - Ross B.
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