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almanac

noun​ /ˈɔl·məˌnæk, ˈæl-/

a book published every year that contains facts and information, esp. tables showing the days, weeks, and months, important holidays, and times when the sun and moon rise, or a book containing facts and information about a particular subject:

a baseball almanac

 

yearbook

noun​ /ˈjɪərˌbʊk/

a book that is published every year by a school or other organization to give facts about the events and achievements of the previous year

 

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Information Please Almanac

Infoplease knows the value of having sources you can trust. Infoplease is a reference and learning site, combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several almanacs loaded with facts. Our editors update and regularly refine this enormous body of information to bring you reliable information.

http://www.infoplease.com/

 

Old Farmer's Almanac

Old Farmer’s Almanac

Since 1792,The Old Farmer’s Almanachas spoken to all walks of life: planting charts for those who grow their own food; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; Moon and sunrise times for those who watch the skies; and forecasts for those who don’t like the question of weather left up in the air.

In recent years, we’ve expanded The Old Farmer’s Almanac line of products—always with an eye on Mr. Thomas’s wise words about keeping things fun and practical—so that now we produce many calendars, cookbooks, garden guides, and even a digital magazine.

http://www.almanac.com/

 

CIA World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: a variety of world, regional, country, ocean, and time zone maps; Flags of the World; and a Country Comparison function that ranks the country information and data in more than 75 Factbook fields.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

 

CountryReports.org

Country Reports

CountryReports provides over 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world. With unique content from around the world, our members rely on us to keep our database concise and current.

K-12 students, kids, libraries, business and tourists appreciate CountryReport's ability to meet their needs.

http://www.emulateme.com/

 

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encyclopedia

noun​ (also encyclopaedia) /ɪnˌsɑɪ·kləˈpi·di·ə/

a large collection of information about one or many subjects, often arranged alphabetically in articles in a book or set of books, or available through a computer

 

General Encyclopedias


Britannica Encyclopedia

For 250 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica has been the definitive storyteller. Throughout generations, we've been documenting human potential through every discovery and innovation.

https://www.britannica.com/


Bartleby

Bartleby is a student success hub, developed by Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE:BNED) as part of its ongoing mission to serve all who work to elevate their lives through education. Bartleby’s products and services are designed to improve student success and outcomes, offering pathways for learning that fit the schedules and demands of today’s student. Current offerings on the Bartleby platform include Bartleby Textbook Solutions and Bartleby Writing.

Bartleby Textbook Solutionsis your guide to better learning, providing access to thousands of textbook solutions written by subject matter experts. In giving students step-by-step explanations to complex problems, Bartleby Textbook Solutions ensure that users not only get the correct answer but also that they’ll understand how to solve the problem on their own come exam time.

Bartleby Writingsparks the write idea, helping students to jump-start their writing assignments. It offers access to thousands of student-penned essays that can act as thought starters for students struggling to draft their own paper.

https://www.bartleby.com/


Special Subject Encyclopedias


Catholic Encyclopedia

The Catholic Encyclopedia, as its name implies, proposes to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine. What theChurchteaches and has taught; what she has done and is still doing for the highest welfare of mankind; her methods, past and present; her struggles, her triumphs, and the achievements of her members, not only for her own immediate benefit, but for the broadening and deepening of all true science, literature and art — all come within the scope of the Catholic Encyclopedia. It differs from the general encyclopedia in omitting facts and information which have no relation to the Church. On the other hand, it is not exclusively achurchencyclopedia, nor is it limited to the ecclesiastical sciences and the doings of churchmen. It records all that Catholics have done, not only in behalf of charity and morals, but also for the intellectual and artistic development of mankind. It chronicles what Catholic artists, educators, poets, scientists and men of action have achieved in their several provinces. In this respect it differs from most other Catholic encyclopedias. The Editors are fully aware that there is no specifically Catholic science, that mathematics, physiology and other branches of human knowledge are neither Catholic, Jewish, nor Protestant; but when it is commonly asserted that Catholic principles are an obstacle to scientific research, it seems not only proper but needful to register what and how much Catholics have contributed to every department of knowledge.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/


Symbols.com

Symbols.com is a unique online encyclopedia that contains everything about symbols, signs, flags and glyphs arranged by categories such as culture, country, religion, and more. Explore our world of symbols by category,alphabeticallyor simply search bykeywords.

https://www.symbols.com/


Encyclopedia Mythica

Encyclopedia Mythicais an internet encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and religion.

https://pantheon.org/


Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP) (ISSN 2161-0002) was founded in 1995 to provide open access to detailed, scholarly, peer-reviewed information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. The Encyclopedia receives no funding, and operates through the volunteer work of the editors, authors, volunteers, and technical advisers. At present, the IEP has over a million visitors per month, and about 20 million page views per year. The Encyclopedia is free of charge and available to all users of the Internet world-wide. The staff of 30 editors and approximately 300 authors hold doctorate degrees and are professors at universities around the world, most notably from English-speaking countries.

https://www.iep.utm.edu/

 

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