It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
  • Summer Library Hours
    Monday - Friday, 7 AM - 4 PM | Saturday - Sunday, CLOSED
    All times are in Central Time
  • Reference Sources Guide: Encyclopedias

    What are the library reference sources? Let's find out!

    Page Contents

    What are encyclopedias?

    Encyclopedias are individual books or sets of book containing information about many different topics OR many subtopics about a topic. These topics are typically arranged alphabetically.

    In today's world, encyclopedias can also be found electronically as eBooks OR whole websites. 

    Check out the encyclopedias we have available through the Katie Murrell Library!

    Britannica Academic

    Britannica Academic is an online [1] encyclopedia, [2] dictionary, and [3] atlas providing articles, primary sources, multimedia, and other unique resources including New York Times articles and BBC News feeds.

    Resources also available include the Merriam-Webster DictionaryBiographies, and Maps and Atlases.

    Use the search bar below to get started!

    Access to Britannica databases may require an additional log-in. Please call the library at (270) 384-8102 to obtain the log-in as needed.

    Britannica Moderna

    Access to Britannica databases may require an additional log-in. Please call the library at (270) 384-8102 to obtain the log-in as needed.

    Britannica Moderna is the Spanish-language version of Britannica Academic. Check it out! 

    Click the image below to be redirected to Britannica Moderna.


    Britannica Moderna es la versión en español de Britannica Academic. ¡Echale un vistazo! 

    Haga clic en la imagen de abajo para ser redirigido a Britannica Moderna.

    Britannica Moderna logo

    Britannica School

    Access to Britannica databases may require an additional log-in. Please call the library at (270) 384-8102 to obtain the log-in as needed.

    *Great resource for Education majors*

    Select Elementary, Middle, or High for built-in differentiation for thousands of curriculum-relevant  articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, editor-recommended websites, and more for student research. 

    Click the image below to be redirected to Britannica School.

    CREDO

    CREDO is an online encyclopedia providing full-text versions of over 3,500 published reference works from more than 100 publishers in a variety of major subject. There include general subjects and subject dictionaries as well as encyclopedias. 

    Click the image below to be redirected to CREDO.

    Gale eBooks

    Formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference LibraryGale eBooks is a searchable database of reference sources like encyclopedias and dictionaries for multidisciplinary research.

    Click the image below to be redirected to Gale eBooks.

    In-house Library Collection

    Check out Ranges 1A and 1B for our in-house reference collection! These books are available to read anytime while the library is open.  Please Note: Books in the reference section cannot leave the library.


    There are also encyclopedias scattered through the rest of the collection. 

    Use this pre-filter search in our library catalog to find printed materials with "encyclopedia" as a keyword. You will find books located in both the reference section and the general collection. Please Note: Any books not found in the reference section (or found in the general collection) can be checked out.

    Use this pre-filtered search in our library catalog to find eBooks with "encyclopedia" as a keyword.

    MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection

    MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection offers a rich selection of eBook titles covering a broad range of general reference subject. Topics include biography, history, careers, cooking, literature, travel, genealogy, health, parenting, personal finance, politics, architecture, science, current events, social-emotional health, and sports.

    Click the image below to be redirect to MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection.

    MasterFILE reference ebook collection

    Image from the Chambers County Library System (TX).

    Examples of Encyclopedias