Encyclopedia Sources

Last Updated April 24, 2015


Artcyclopedia serves as a good starting point for finding museum-quality art on the web.

Students working on research reports can use the site to search by artist and find links to museums with digital images of that artist.


Britannica is a free, useful encyclopedia choice on the Internet. For example, if you are looking for information on Thomas Jefferson, simply click on Humanities and in the long white search box type in Thomas Jefferson and push enter. Click on the word "Article" and then click "Next" to continue getting your information on this topic.


CountryReports provides over 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.

The Encyclopedia Mythica

This is an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, mysticism, and more. It contains hundreds of definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings, and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution receives a great many public inquiries covering a wide range of topics. Therefore, the following responses have been compiled to answer frequently asked questions or to provide guidance in finding the requested information. Topics covered include: Armed Forces History, Anthropology, Mineral Sciences, Musical History, Physical Sciences, Services, Textiles Conservation, Transportation History, and Vertebrate Zoology.

Funk and Wagnalls

Funk and Wagnalls comes to the web with a multimedia encyclopedia that includes more than 25,000 reference articles, a dictionary, and world news items. It also includes interactive animations and is free.

World Book Online

World Book Encyclopedia offers encyclopedia books, online encyclopedia, and many other free learning resources for your kids and family. LISD students see your teacher or librarian for the username and password.