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A Parade of Ridiculously Specific Encyclopedias

The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana

The first reference work devoted exclusively to Victorian literature of the fantastic.

Encyclopedia of Virology

Serves as the largest single reference source of current research in virology. It covers biological, molecular, and medical topics concerning viruses in animals, plants, bacteria and insects.

Encyclopedia of Vibration

Covers vibrations in machines, buildings and other structures, vehicles, ships, and aircraft, as well as human response to vibration. Techniques for modeling, analysis, design, testing, and control of vibration.

The Mafia Encyclopedia

Reveals what the Mafia is, its role in organized crime, and its principal players, past and present.

Grabb's Encyclopedia of Flaps

Still the most comprehensive reference available on surgical flaps. Dozens of internationally recognized experts describe every clinically proven flap option available for repairing both routine and unusual problems.

Encyclopedia of Rose Science

The Encyclopedia of Rose Science brings together a wealth of information on the rose. A team of internationally renowned experts has contributed scores of articles, from the history of rose cultivation to discoveries in rose genetics.

The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

Covers the Laptev, East Siberian and Chukchi seas.

Encyclopedia of Distances

Contains mathematical formulas used to calculate distances in numerous mathematical fields (e.g., geometry, topology, algebra, graph and coding theory, and computing).

Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World

The first reference work to chart the history of embroidery from Ancient Egypt to the present day and to offer an authoritative guide to all the major embroidery traditions of the region.

A Question & a Challenge









Rhetorical Question:

Since there appears to be an encyclopedia for almost any topic you can imagine, then why rely on Wikipedia?
















Authoritative Encyclopedias









In fact, most professors won't allow you to use Wikipedia.


Most academic disciplines have at least one "authoritative" or "standard" reference work that is recognized as being important by everyone familiar with the discipline.

Below are several examples of these that we own as e-books.  A complete A to Z list of e-book encyclopedias is available on the library's home page.


A good researcher will know to use these as starting points.


Reference Universe

This is an excellent, scholarly alternative to Wikipedia.  It allows you to search back-of-the-book indexes and article titles in thousands of reference books owned by Camden-Carroll Library.  If it is an e-book you can access it.  If it is a print book you can find its call number and then the volume and page numbers for your topic.