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Multcolib Central Picks: Our favorite encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of American Cars, From 1930
Encyclopedia of American Cars, From 1930 (Book - 1993 ) R- 629.2222 E5632 In-library use only in some locations

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.

Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations
Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations Ethnic and National Groups Around the World By Minahan, James (Book - 2002 ) R- 320.5403 M663e 2002 In-library use only in some locations

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.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (Book - 2008 ) R- 616.89003 G151 2008 In-library use only in some locations

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.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (eBook - 2008 ) Click here for full text »

Annotation:Available online in Gale Virtual Reference Library.

International Wildlife Encyclopedia
International Wildlife Encyclopedia (Book - 2002 ) j 591.03 I618 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:This encyclopedia is a valuable resource for young students working on their wildlife reports. -Karen S.

Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions
Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions (eBook - 2009 ) Click here for full text »

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.

Naval Warfare
Naval Warfare An International Encyclopedia (Book - 2002 ) R- 359.003 N318 2002 In-library use only in some locations

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.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (Book - 2005 ) R- 903 N532 2005 In-library use only in some locations

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.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (eBook - 2005 ) Click here for full text »

Annotation:Available in Gale Virtual Reference Library and perhaps better than the print version for browsing through the many topics.

World Shores and Beaches
World Shores and Beaches A Descriptive and Historical Guide to 50 Coastal Treasures By Snodgrass, Mary Ellen (Book - 2005 ) 910.9146 S673w 2005 Available in some locations

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.

Annotation:If you need help finding an encyclopedia or sorting through all of them, we are happy to help!

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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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