- June 8, 2018 at 9:58 AM #48922
Not exactly, as it turns out. But still.
I recently learned about the Oxford Research Encyclopedias. This is a collection of twenty-four specialized online encyclopedias, including African History, Global Public Health, Literature, and Religion, from Oxford University Press. Articles are written by people who actually know what they’re talking about, and peer-reviewed. It appears to be a work in progress, but is already a valuable resource that I look forward to using.
- Articles are comprehensive and highly detailed.
- It’s considerably more authoritative than Wikipedia
- Many articles may be accessed in their entirety without a subscription.
- Not an encyclopedia in the same sense as Wikipedia, the World Book Encyclopedia, or the Encyclopedia Brittanica; you can read all about “Encounters Between Ethiopia and Europe, 1400–1660,” but I couldn’t find a general article about Ethiopia like you’ll find in the World Book.
- It seems that the full text of most articles is available only for those with a paid subscription. Summaries of all articles are freely available.
- Even if you don’t have a subscription, the summaries could be pretty useful.
- You can log in with your library card for full access if your public library system has a subscription, although I’m not sure how common this is.
- June 8, 2018 at 11:03 AM #48923
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