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Guide to encyclopedias on open access

This is a selective guide to encyclopedias in the British Library reading rooms, arranged by geographical area. Brief title details only are given. Shelfmarks are given at the end of each entry. Electronic resources can be accessed in the Electronic Resources Rooms in both Humanities - Floor 1 and 2.

General Guides/Bibliographies
Britain/North America
Western Europe
Scandinavia/Baltic States
Eastern Europe
Australasia
Middle East and Africa
Asia

Online encyclopedias

 

 General Guides/Bibliographies

 
Collison, Robert Lewis Wright, Encyclopaedias: their history throughout the ages. Second edition. New York & London: Hafner, 1966.
HLR 030.9
 
Ryan, Joe, First stop: The master index to subject encyclopedias. Phoenix, Az.: Oryx Press, 1989.
HLR Enquiry Desk 032.016
 
Walsh, S. Padraig, Anglo-American general encyclopedias. A historical bibliography, 1703-1967. New York, London: R. R. Bowker Co., 1968.
HLR 032.016
 
Not on the open shelves:
Kister, Kenneth F., Kister's best encyclopedias: a comparative guide to general and specialized encyclopedias. 2nd edition. Phoenix, Az: Oryx Press, 1994.
95/35845 DSC
 

 Britain/North America

 
The Encyclopædia Britannica. Eleventh edition. Cambridge University Press: 1910-11.
HLR 032
 
The new encyclopaedia Britannica. 15th edition (revised). Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, c2010.

Online version onsite access only
HLR 032
 
The Cambridge encyclopedia. 4th edition. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
HLR 032
 
Chambers's Encyclopædia. New revised edition, reprinted with corrections. London: International Learning Systems Corporation, 1970.
HLR 032
 
The Columbia encyclopedia. 6th edition. New York: Columbia University Press, c2000.

Online version is available at www.bartleby.com/65/; may also be searched via Credo Reference (formerly Xreferplus) (onsite access only)
HLR 032 AME
 
Encyclopedia Americana. International edition. New York: Americana Corporation, 1977.
HLR 032 AME
 
The Macmillan Encyclopedia. London: Macmillan, 2001.

An online version is accessible via Credo Reference (formerly Xreferplus) - onsite access only.
HLR 032
 
Pears cyclopaedia. London: Penguin, 1898- . Latest edition.
HLR Enquiry Desk 032.02
 

 Western Europe

 

France

 
Encyclopaedia universalis. 4e édition. Paris: Encyclopaedia universalis, 1996.
HLR 034.1
 
Encyclopaedia universalis. Chiffres du monde 1996. 4e édition. Paris: Encyclopaedia universalis, 1996.
HLR 034.1
 
Larousse, Pierre. Grand Larousse encyclopédique. Paris, 1960-64.
Supplément. Paris, [1968].
Larousse du XXe siècle. Publié sous la direction de Paul Auge. Paris, [1928-33].
Grand dictionnaire universel du XIXe siècle. Paris: Administration du Grand dictionnaire universel, 1865-1890.
HLL 034.1
 
La Grande Encyclopédie. Inventaire raisonné des sciences, des lettres et des arts. Par une société de savants et de gens de lettres, sous la direction de M Berthelot. Paris, Tours, [1887].
HLR 034.1
 
Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une société de gens de lettres. Mis en ordre & publié par M. Diderot. La partie mathematique, par M. d'Alembert. Genève, 1772, 54-72.

Online version onsite access only
RAR 034.1
 

Germany

 
Brockhaus Enzyklopädie. 17., völlig neubearbeitete Auflage des
Grossen Brockhaus. Wiesbaden, 1966-1981.
HLR 033.1
 
Brockhaus, die Enzyklopädie. 20. überarbeitete und aktualisierte Aufl. Leipzig, 1996-c1999.
HLR 033.1
 

Greece

 
Eleutheroudake Enkyklopaidikon lexikon. Dieuthyntes: Kostas Eleutheroudakes. en Athenais, [1927-31].
HLR 039.89
 

Italy

 
Grande dizionario enciclopedico. Torino : UTET, 1998 -1993.
HLR 035.1
 
Enciclopedia italiana. Milano, 1936-39.
Appendice. Roma, 1938- .
HLR 035.1
 

Netherlands/Belgium [Flemish]

 
Grote Winkler Prins encyclopedie. 8e geheel nieuwe druk. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1979-1984.
Supplement 1960. Amsterdam, Brussel, 1960- .
HLR 033.931
 

Portugal

 
Grande enciclopédia portuguesa e brasileira. Lisboa: Zairol, 1998.
HLR 036.9
 

Spain

 
Enciclopedia Universal Ilustrada Europeo-Americana. Barcelona, [1907- .]
Suplemento anual. [1935- .]
HLR 036.1
 
Diccionario enciclopedico Salvat universal. 14. edition. Barcelona: Salvat, 1975-76.
HLR 036.1
 
Gran enciclopedia Rialp. Madrid: Ediciones Rialp, 1971-1976.
HLR 036.1
 

Switzerland

 
Schweizer Lexikon. Luzern: Verlag Schweizer Lexikon, [1991]-c1993.
HLR 033.1 SWI
 

 Scandinavia / Baltic States

 

Denmark

 
Salmonsens Konversations Leksikon. Anden Udgave. Redigeret af C. Blangstrup. København, 1915-30.
HLR 038.81
 

Estonia

 
Eesti entsüklopeedia ...Redaktsioonitoimkond: R. Kleis ... [and others.] Tartu, 1932-37.
HLR 039.945
 

Finland

 
Otavan iso tietosanakirja. Encyclopaedia fennica. Toimituskunta: Paavo Ravila. Helsinki, 1960-65.
HLR 039.945
 

Iceland

 
Islenska alfræiorabokin. Reykjavik: Orn og Orlygur, 1990.
HLR 038.691
 

Lithuania

 
Lietuviškoji tarybine enciklopedija. Vilnius: Mokslas, 1976- .
HLR 037.1
 

Norway

 
Aschehougs konversasjonsleksikon. Femte utgave. Redaktører, Arthur Holmesland. Oslo: H. Aschehoug, 1968-77.
HLR 038.82
 
Gyldendals store konversasjonsleksikon. Annen utgave. Hovedredaktorer, Francis Bull. [Oslo],1965.
HLR 038.82
 

Sweden

 
Nationalencyklopedin ett uppslagsverk på vetenskaplig grund utarbetat på initiativ av Statens kulturråd Höganäs: Bra böcker, c1989-1996.
HLR 038.7

 

 
Svensk uppslagsbok. Huvudredaktorer: Gunnar Carlquist, Josef Carlsson. Malmö, 1949-55.
HLR 038.7
 

 Eastern Europe

 

Bulgaria

 
Bulgarska entsiklopediia. [By N.G. Danchov and I.G. Danchov.] Sofiia, 1936.
HLR 037.811
 
Bulgarska entsiklopediia A-IA. Glaven redaktor Evgeni Golovinski. Sofiia: Trud: Bulgarska Entsiklopediia, 2002.
HLR 037.811
 
Kratka bulgarska entsiklopediia. Sofiia: Bulgarska akademiia na naukite, 1963- 1969.
HLR 037.811

 

 

Croatia

 
Enciklopedija Leksikografskog zavoda. Direktor Miroslav Krleza. Zagreb: Jugoslavenski leksikografski zavod, 1966-69.
HLR 037.82
 
Hrvatska enciklopedija. Zagreb: Leksikografski zavod "Miroslav Krleza", 1999- .
HLR 037.82
 

Czech Republic

 
Všeobecná encyklopedie. Vyd.1. Praha: Nakl. Dum, OP, 1996-1998.
HLR 037.86
 

Hungary

 
Révai Nagy Lexikona. [Editor in chief: Mór János Révai.] Budapest, 1911-35.
HLR 039.945
 
Magyar nagylexikon. 1. magyar nyelvu kiad. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1993- .
HLR 039.945
 

Russia

 
Bol'shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia. Glavnyi redaktor A. M. Prokhorov. Tret'e izdanie. Moskva: Izdatel'stvo Sovetskaia entsiklopediia, 1970-81.
HLR 037.1
 
Bol'shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia. Glavnyi redaktor O. IU. Shmidt. Moskva, 1926-47.
HLR 037.1
 
Bol'shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia. Great Soviet encyclopedia (New York: Macmillan; London: Collier Macmillan, 1974-1983.
HLR 037.1
 
Entsiklopedicheskii slovar'. Pod redaktsiei I.E. Andreevskago.
S. Peterburg, 1890-1907.
HLR 037.1
 

Ukraine

Encyclopedia of Ukraine. Toronto; London: University of Toronto Press, c1984-88.
HLR 037.91
 

 Australasia

 
Encyclopaedia of Australia. Compiled by Andrew and Nancy Learmonth. 2nd edition. London, New York: Frederick Warne & Co., [1973].
HLR 994.003

 

 
An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Edited by A. H. McLintock. Wellington: R. E. Owen, Government Printer, 1966.
HLR 993.003
 

 Middle East and Africa

 
Encyclopedia of the modern Middle East. Edited by Reeva S. Simon, Philip Mattar, Richard W. Bulliet. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1996.
OIB 956.003
 
The Cambridge encyclopedia of the Middle East and North Africa. Executive editor, Trevor Mostyn. Cambridge University Press, 1988.
OIB 956.003
 
Encyclopedia of the modern Middle East & North Africa. 2nd edition. Detroit, Mich.: Macmillan Reference USA, c2004.
OIB 956.003
 
Encyclopedia of Africa south of the Sahara. New York: C. Scribner's Sons; London: Simon & Schuster, c1997.
HLR 967.003
 

 Asia

 
Perkins, Dorothy, Encyclopedia of China. Chicago: London: Fitzroy Dearborn, c1999.
OIK 951.003
 
Encyclopedia of new China. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1987.
OIK 951.003
 
The Cambridge encyclopedia of Japan. Cambridge University Press, 1993.
OIM 952.003
 

 Online encyclopedias

A number of online encyclopedias are listed in the British Library's Virtual Reference Library. Some are freely available on the Internet, others are available onsite only, in British Library Reading Rooms at St Pancras.
 

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