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Full text encyclopedias and dictionaries at the Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans.
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Online Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Here you will find online versions of dictionaries and encyclopedias.  Some are the same as print counterparts, others are newer versions and some we do not have in print. They are all great sources for quick definitions and brief background on a myriad of subjects in all areas: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the performing and visual arts.

  • Biography in Context  
    Locate full-text biographies from reference books, citations to magazine and journal articles, and selected web sites. Dates vary.
  • Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice  
    Full-text encyclopedia devoted to social activism published in 2007.
  • Encyclopedia of Life
    Free encyclopedia of organisms, with general and scientific information on taxonomy, distribution, genetics, evolutionary history, and more.
  • Encyclopedia of Political Science  
    Search or browse the full text of a multi-volume, multi-authored encyclopedia. Prepared with the assistance of the American Political Science Association. Note: uses popups. Published 2011.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia  
    A general-interest encyclopedia with over 25,000 articles on all subjects, some biographical information. Updated annually.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  
    A collection of over 200 reference books (over 600 volumes) in all subject areas published 1990 to present.
  • KnowLA: Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture  
    Peer-reviewed, scholarly articles on Louisiana by recognized experts. A project of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Literary Reference Center  
    Research authors of literature and their works in scholarly journals, books, and encyclopedias. Includes literary criticism, plot summaries, author biographies, book reviews, full text poems, short stories, and classic novels.
  • Literati by Credo  
    Search or browse for facts and information across over 750 full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotations, bilingual dictionaries and more.
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    Online dictionary and thesaurus based on the print Merriam-Webster products.
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia  
    The full text of the 15-volume New Catholic Encyclopedia, with articles on theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and much more. 2003 edition plus several updates.
  • Oxford Art Online  
    Visual art encyclopedia online with over 45,000 articles includes bibliographies and links to many images. Consists of the Grove Dictionary of Art, Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Oxford Companion to Western Art. Formerly Grove Art Online.
  • Oxford Biblical Studies Online  
    Browse and search a collection of reference materials on the Bible and its world, including archaeology, arts, literature, geography, history, law, politics, material culture, science and more. Includes a Bible verse lookup and other tools.
  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED)  
    The most comprehensive dictionary of the English language over the last millennium. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from international English language sources.
  • Oxford Music Online  
    Music encyclopedia with the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, and the Oxford Companion of Music. Formerly Grove Music Online.
  • Oxford Reference  
    Search for entries in several Oxford University Press dictionaries and encyclopedias.
  • Sage Reference Online  
    Full text of six specialized online encyclopedias.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    An encyclopedia of philosophy maintained by experts and available to everyone. Not complete.
  • Wiktionary
    "...A collaborative project to produce a free-content multilingual dictionary. It aims to describe all words of all languages using definitions and descriptions in English."

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