Reducing Redundancies: Encyclopedia Britannica

Reducing Redundancies: Encyclopedia Britannica
Jenny James Lee
August 5, 2014

The Libraries will not renew the subscription to the edition of Encyclopedia Britannica for the 2015 fiscal year. Much of the Encyclopedia Britannica content is available through the wide range of other electronic resources provided by the Libraries. The annual cost of this resource is $12,000 before inflation and its cancellation will provide the Libraries an opportunity to put collection money into acquiring higher priority items.

The Libraries continues to license and provide access and expert guidance to a number of electronic encyclopedias and reference resources. Core reference works can be found in these collections:

  • Credo provides access to over 650 full-text electronic reference works, ranging from general dictionaries and encyclopedias to discipline specific works, such as Cambridge World History of Food, The American Economy: a historical encyclopedia, Aesthetics A-Z, and Springer Handbooks of International Education. You can browse Credo by the individual titles, or search across its full range of content.
  • Access Science is a collection of over 8,400 articles from McGraw-Hill’s science focused encyclopedias and reference works. It provides access to full-text biographies of well-known scientific figures and over 15,000 downloadable images, animations and videos. Access Science also contains ‘curriculum maps’ which are collections of objects (diagrams, articles, videos, animations, tables, equations, etc.) tied to standard topics taught in undergraduate science courses, which can be directly linked to course shells in Drexel Learn.
  • Oxford Reference provides access to over 251 titles from Oxford University Press. This multi-disciplinary collection contains titles such as Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (2ed), Dictionary of Statistics, Encyclopedia of Social Work (20ed), and New Encyclopedia of Birds. Titles can be browsed individually or the collection searched as a whole.

The Libraries purchases and licenses many discipline specific reference works and can help you find the reference work and information you need. Contact a librarian for further assistance.