Online Encyclopedia Databases (Cornell Users Only)
Encyclopedias (online or print) are great for, choosing a topic; educating yourself quickly; perspective on a topic; variant spellings, vocabulary, terminology; and bibliography.
- Gale Virtual Reference LibraryProvides searchable full-text e-book versions of many reference works, including multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. in a wide range of subject areas. Subject categories include arts, biography, business, education, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation and world, religion, science, and social sc
- Sage ereferenceA database of 47 reference books published by SAGE covering the social sciences and education, including such areas as African American studies, aged & gerontology, anthropology, communication and media studies, criminology and criminal justice, economics, education, gender & sexuality studies, history, politics, psychology, social issues, social work & social policy, and sociology.
- Africa South of the SaharaThe main political and economic developments in each of the 53 countries and territories of the region, are comprehensively narrated and examined in the fully revised online edition of Africa South of the Sahara (the 47th in print). Readers’ perspectives are further expanded by the General Survey, a collection of introductory essays providing in-depth analysis of current economic trends, an assessment of aid and development initiatives over the past 100 years, an insight into the phenomenon of failed states and the repercussions of, and responses to, state failure in sub-Saharan Africa, an examination of the People’s Republic of China’s increasing political and economic ties with the African continent, details of the burgeoning relationship between Brazil and Africa, and a discussion of France’s ongoing involvement in Africa.
- Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East & North AfricaCovers the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, with major sections on Colonialism and Imperialism, the World Wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the United Nations’ involvement in the region. Each country in the region is reviewed, detailing its population, economy, and government.
- Encyclopedia of African ReligionFeaturing nearly 500 entries ranging in length from a few paragraphs to several pages, this epic work illuminates the depth of African religious diversity through essays on topics such as circumcision, ontology, oral traditions, vodou, and zin.
- Oxford African American Studies CenterComprehensive collection of scholarship focused on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture, coupled with precise search and browse capabilities. Features more than 8,000 articles by top scholars in the field, over 1,750 images, more than 300 primary sources with specially written commentaries, nearly 150 maps, 150 charts and tables, and over 6,000 biographies. The core content includes: Africana: the Encyclopedia of the African and African American
- Smithsonian Global Sound for lLbrariesProduced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, this database provides a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. Users may browse by country, genre, cultural group, language, instrument, artist, ensemble, album, label, or category, such as American Folk, American Indian, Jazz, Spoken word and sounds, and Children's or conduct an advanced search. Registered users can create course folders and customized play lists.
- Encyclopedia of African History byCall Number: Olin Reference DT20 .E53 2005ISBN: 1579582451Covering the entire continent from Morocco, Libya, and Egypt in the north to the Cape of Good Hope in the south, and the surrounding islands from Cape Verde in the west to Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles in the east, this A-Z reference examines the history of the entire African continent. With entries ranging from the earliest evolution of human beings in Africa to the beginning of the twenty-first century, this comprehensive three-volume Encyclopedia is the first reference of this scale and scope.
- Encyclopedia of African History and Culture byCall Number: Africana & Olin Libraries Reference DT3 .P27x 2001ISBN: 0816044724This 3 volume set is divided into 3 major periods. v. 1, "Ancient Africa," covers prehistoric times to 500 C.E., with entries on human origins; the Sahara desert; the history and culture of the Egyptian, Nubian, Bantu, and San peoples. v. 2, "African Kingdoms," examines medieval times, from 500 to 1500 C.E. a period marked by grandeur and includes the great Bantu Migration, the development of centralized states & kingdoms, the spread of Islam, and the development of trade routes with the outside world. v.3, "From Conquest to Colonization," covers 1500 to 1850 C.E., covers the rise & decline of kingdoms and empires, civil wars, the transatlantic slave trade, & the beginnings of European exploration and colonization.
- Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa: Archaeology, Histor, Languages, Cultures, and Environments byCall Number: Africana Library Reference DT2 .E53 1997ISBN: 0761989021Publication Date: 1997