Tips

Encyclopedias are great for:

  • choosing a topic
  • quick self-education
  • perspective on a topic
  • variant spellings, vocabulary, terminology
  • bibliography

Cambridge Histories Online

Cambridge Histories Online

Excellent resource. Full text. Chapters as pdfs. Extremely high quality essays with rich footnotes and bibliography.

OED

English Language and its history

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)  The dictionary that is scholar's preferred source; it goes far beyond definitions.

Gardens

Food

Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO)

Brill's Reference Library

Medieval Encyclopedias

Literature

Superior to Wikipedia on most topics & disciplines: