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Online Encyclopedias

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Encyclopaedia Britannica

The online Encyclopaedia Britannica offers three levels for searching: one for children, young adults and reference. Britannica Library also offers Original Sources (find the link in the upper right-hand corner). Original Sources has thousands of primary source documents in history, literature, politics, religion and more. Check out our mobile app page for Britannica Library on the go!

In Context: Elementary

In Context: Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits), introduces elementary school students to database searching with easy-to-use resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content.

In Context: Middle School

As a middle schooler, research can be challenging, right? You’re not a research guru just yet, and online searches on their own can lead you to unreliable content. Thankfully, In Context: Middle School integrates citable content from magazines, newspapers, videos, and primary sources into an easy-to-navigate database developed with you in mind. Dive into science, social studies, history, literature, and more from National Geographic, Scholastic, NPR, NASA, and other citable sources.

In Context: High School

When you have a paper, project, or presentation to complete, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. In Context: High School simplifies your search for information by bringing together hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and audio selections into one easy-to-use database. While online browsers can serve up unreliable or incomplete results, this database lets you explore vetted primary sources, biographies, critical essays, and other materials in many formats — giving you deeper context to high-interest topics.

Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.




Recommended Websites

CIA World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

ipl2: Information You Can Trust

From the Internet Public Library, hosted by Drexel University, comes a rich collection of websites, newspapers, and much more.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

A peer-reviewed encyclopedia from the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University.

U.S. Department of State Background Notes

Background Notes include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of world countries.

Visual Dictionary Online

Merriam-Webster’s online visual dictionary is a resource of meticulously labeled images — combining dictionary-scale definitions with exceptional illustrations, making it the most complete dictionary.