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Undergraduate Student Support: Encyclopaedia

This library guide strives to provide e-support for undergraduate students at the NWU.

What is an Encyclopaedia?

Translated form Greek it means "rounded education"

As information sources they

  • are collections of knowledge
  • can be general in content (covering various topics)
  • can be subject specific
  • are generally arranged alphabetically

Differences between Wikipedia and Enclyclopedia Britannica

Various encyclopedias

General Encyclopaedia:

Britannica Academic

For unmatched accuracy and unique perspectives.  Written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other notable experts, the Encyclopædia Britannica articles are trusted resources with balanced, global perspectives and unique insights that users will not find anywhere else.

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world’s biggest and most trusted reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.

This encyclopedia features more than 100 sources including definitions, biographies, synonyms, word origins, abbreviations, etc..


Britannica Image Quest

Imagine an encyclopaedia for images!

Britannica Image Quest gives you:

  • online access to more than two million images from one convenient site
  • images that are rights-cleared for noncommercial educational use
  • free, high photographic images for assignments, student reports and projects

Use of Britannica Image Quest is for NWU registered students only.

"Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information"

(T.S. Eliot)