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Encyclopedias are good sources for general overviews of topics, especially subject-specific encyclopedias.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online: Academic Edition

Britannica's general encyclopedia boasts that it is "written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other notable experts." Includes Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus. contains 73 dictionaries and thesauri with definitions, synonyms, word origins, pronunciation keys, and abbreviations. In addition, derives its information from 49 authoritative reference works, including Oxford University Press, World Encyclopedia, Columbia University press, and many others.

Encyclopedia of Ed. Leadership and Administration

Contains information on school management, educational leadership, and public schools.

Encyclopedia of GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Culture

Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Culture provides biographies of significant GLBTQ individuals as well as articles on GLBTQ art, literature, and social issues.

Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Campaigns

Provided through Gale Virtual Reference Library, this encyclopedia covers marketing, advertising, public relations, and business management.

Encylopedia of Multicultural Psychology

Publisher's description: "This encyclopedia presents a thorough overview of the psychology of racial, ethnic, and minority issues in the United States. It covers the breadth of psychology viewed through the lens of the racial and ethnic minority experience. An excellent resource for those interested in improving their awareness and comprehension of cultural practices prevalent among and between all people."

McGraw-Hill's AccessScience

McGraw-Hill's AccessScience is the online version of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. AccessScience contains biographies of leading scientists, articles, news, image galleries, and animations related to science and technology.

The Catholic Encyclopedia

The Catholic Encyclopedia contains 10,000 articles pertaining to Catholic religion and culture.