Encyclopedia Apps

In the course of your academic or professional life, a piece of information that you need may not be readily available through a quick Google search. That’s when online encyclopedias come in handy. Specialized encyclopedias such as MusicBrainz for music and Ancient History Encyclopedia for history will be able to provide more information on specific topics than conventional search engine results.

  1. Wikipedia is a free, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia has 17 million articles (3.5 million in English), which have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world.
  2. MediaWiki is a free software wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia. It is now used by several other projects of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation and by many other wikis, including this website, the home of MediaWiki.


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    MusicBrainz is a community music metadatabase that attempts to create a comprehensive music information site.
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    A web based Application Aggregator. We support all the major platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, macOS, Windows, Linux, Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo.
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    The Encyclopædia Britannica is a general English-language encyclopaedia published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., a privately-held company.
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    Scholarpedia is a peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia written and maintained by scholarly experts from around the world. Scholarpedia is inspired by Wikipedia and aims to complement it by providing in-depth scholarly treatments of academic topics.
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    Metapedia is an electronic encyclopedia which focuses on culture, art, science, philosophy and politics. The name has a dual symbolic meaning: - Metapedia sets its focus on topics that usually are not covered in — i.e. that falls outside of — mainstream encyclopedias.

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    According to WikiPedia and various user reports: “Metapedia is an online wiki-based encyclopedia, which contains fascist, far-right, white nationalist, white supremacist, anti-feminist, homophobic, Islamophobic, antisemitic, Holocaust-denying, and neo-Nazi points of view.”

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    Reference.com offers a massive online dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, quote finder, and translator (powered by Google Translate)- all for free. For the Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com mobile app, go here. Dictionary.com
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    Online Dictionary - Multiple dictionaries including: English dictionary, medical dictionary, legal dictionary, financial dictionary, computer dictionary, thesaurus, dictionary of acronyms and abbreviations, dictionary of idioms, thesaurus, Columbia encyclopedia, Wikipedia...
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    The online encyclopedia of emoji.
  3. The web's source of information for Ancient History: definitions, articles, timelines, maps, books, and illustrations.
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    Worldometers is run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.
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    Dictionary and offline Wikipedia reader.
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    Citizendium, powered by MediaWiki, is "an open wiki project dedicated to creating a free, comprehensive, and reliable repository of structured knowledge". Unlike with Wikipedia, a contributor must register using their real name and verify their identity.
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    Microsoft Encarta was a digital multimedia encyclopedia published by Microsoft Corporation from 1993 until 2009.

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    Microsoft announced it was discontinuing Encarta on March 2009

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